Are you going to a walking meeting instead of the conference room? Health experts strongly recommend that we reconsider our daily work routine. Most of us spend far too many hours of the day sitting.
“Sitting is the new smoking”
This frequently quoted warning was formulated by Dr. James Levin. Sitting for a long time, which is typical for many people during the working day, promotes the development of, among other things diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular diseases and causes pain in the back and neck. But it’s not that easy to escape the compulsion to sit down. Not everyone has a standing desk or can run to the tea kitchen or to colleagues all the time. The solution: work and walk!
What is a walking meeting?
- Instead of meeting around a conference table or in a meeting room, meetings can be held while walking.
- Years ago, Silicon Valley proclaimed the walking meeting a new trend – Steve Jobs, who died in 2011, and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg showed the way.
- However, they did not invent the walking meeting, because from Aristotle to Sigmund Freud and Charles Dickens to US President Harry S. Truman, many creative minds in history have been convinced that walking helps boost productivity.
- If Steve Jobs got his best ideas during intensive discussions during a walking meeting, then that can only be good for the rest of the world!
- The brand new Google headquarters in London has been given a roof garden for the numerous walking meetings, where the IT experts can be creative while looking at the London skyline while walking.
Walking meetings make you creative and healthy
- A walking meeting not only keeps the body fit, but also clears the head and stimulates the gray cells.
- The movement of walking calms the central nervous system because it is a simple, repetitive movement.
- At the same time, mobility gives new impulses that make you more creative.
- In this way, problems can be cracked and new concepts developed at the walking meeting.
Another advantage is that colleagues can talk at eye level at the walking meeting, since nature offers a less formal setting than the office. That’s why it would certainly be a good idea to hold even appraisal or appraisal interviews while walking. This makes it easier to settle misunderstandings and differences of opinion. The walking meeting works best with two or three people – huge groups will have problems because not everyone gets everything. However, where there is a will, there is often a way, at least if there is no projector and notepad: Some larger meetings can be broken up by holding parts in small groups on foot, so that everything else can then be discussed standing up. Use the idea of the walking meeting during your lunch break and walk around the block with colleagues or alone after you have eaten in the canteen, or take salads or sandwiches with you to eat during a long walk in the park.
WALKING MEETING WITH BEST FRIEND
The concept of the walking meeting is as simple as it is effective and does not have to be limited to your work life. Love your weekly update with your best friend at the coffee shop?
- Instead, do a walking meeting and exchange ideas during a walk.
- Even in the evening after dinner, it is just as healthy as it is relaxing to go for a walk around the block with your partner or neighbor instead of dozing off on the sofa or sitting at the computer.
- A walking meeting in the evening relaxes you and lets you sleep better.
(Quelle: Cover Media)
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