Burn calories with walking meetings – A New Trend
You don’t have to have sitting meetings so why not take walking meetings? Just standing up doubles your calorie output. And you are likely to be more focused and less likely to drift off the conversation.
This new revolutionary corporate health trend is on the rise written about extensively by go ahead business leaders.
Fans including Barak Obama, Mark Zuckerberg, Steve Jobs.
Ten plusses for walking meetings
- Different environments can inspire new ideas and stimulate creativity.
- Time outdoors, in nature, with fresh air and light, improves physical and mental well-being.
- Walking and talking side by side cuts through hierarchical work distinctions and sets people at ease, which enhances a positive working spirit.
- Walking burns calories stimulates oxygen to flow around the body that increases brain function that increases the ability to solve problems faster.
- Walking and moving allow the mind to become more flexible and can help stimulate the right side of the brain.
- Being outdoors can increase confidentiality that can allow colleagues to work privately without interruptions.
- Engaging the mind and body is a more holistic way to work.
- It saves office resources when there are fewer machines running which make the workplace more sustainable and green.
- Counterbalances the negative effects of sedentary behaviour ‘sitting is the new smoking’
- What more, you can easily reach your daily 10000 steps this way! (This is the recommended amount of activity for adults to promote and maintain health. It adds up to about five miles each day for most people, which includes about 30 minutes of daily exercise—satisfying the CDC’s recommendation of at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week)
Ten ways to organize a walking meeting
- Organize everything you’ll need for the meeting beforehand and include an agenda
- With everyone’s permission consider taping the meeting with a recorder – use free apps such as the ones mentioned below- that can be synced to a computer.
- Make notes with Evernote, Smartphone notes, notepads, dictaphone etc.
- Make sure everyone gets the memo about wearing comfortable shoes.
- Consider the walking meeting for early in the workday to set the tone for the day and/or late in the afternoon when colleague’s energies are spent.
- Figure out how long the walking meeting should be with a consideration of the workers fitness levels.
- Check the weather and provide a few umbrellas so the weather doesn’t become a barrier to conducting the meeting outside.
- Appoint a clear leader. A leader is important in any meeting for keeping things on track, but it’s all the more so in a distracting environment.
- The great thing about walking meetings is that you’re going some place. Natural settings such as parks or trails work best, but urban settings with sidewalks can be stimulating and convenient. Avoid noisy roads that are distracting and dangerous.
- Stick to small groups. I recommend a maximum of four people for a walking meeting.