September 25, 2021

Walk and work - why that next meeting should be taken on the go.

Taking short walk breaks throughout the day can make you happier and more energetic.

As many of us shift away from the work campus to home or hybrid, we are simply walking less throughout the day. That 5 minute sprint from one meeting to the next actually did some good for you. While there are many promoting treadmill desks, it’s simply not the same as going out and getting fresh air. (Nature improves focus). 

A 2016 study by the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity went even further and showed that six, 5 minute “microbouts” of moderate walking had better results than one, 30 minute sustain walk in the morning. Specifically, improved mood and decreased feelings of fatigue.

“Breaking down 30 min of exercise into short bouts of exercise that can be performed during 5-min breaks may be a more feasible approach that may have a more lasting impact over the workday on energy levels, mood, and cognitive performance.”

On top of those benefits, stepping away from work will help you be more creative and unblock any issues. Researchers from Stanford University's Graduate School of Education found that study participants gave more creative responses to questions meant to gauge creative thinking when they were walking, versus sitting.

See “Give Your Ideas Some Legs: The Positive Effect of Walking on Creative Thinking.”

Here’s some tips to introduce walks into your workday: 

  • Drop the Zoom meetings and do your one-on-ones on the go
  • Grab a water - and get double the benefit
  • Skip the elevator and take the stairs
  • Park at the back of the parking lot (if it’s safe) 
  • Give an engineer or a sales person a fist bump 👊
  • Try Prancercise!!!

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