Get your meetings moving — literally

We know that wellness in the workplace is more than a fad. If your people are feeling their best, they will perform their best for your company. It’s that simple.

walkingandmeetingAnd while some companies invest in stellar wellness programs that include workout rooms and trainers — and that’s great, don’t get me wrong — I came across a brilliant way to get your people moving AND working at the same time.

In Sitting is the Smoking of our GenerationNilofer Merchant wrote about walking meetings. A walking meeting? It’s exactly what you think it is. You walk and meet at the same time.

Merchant writes that many of us sit on our butts too much in business. How true is that? It’s why I’ve always appreciated Brad’s daily standup meeting (during which you are supposed to stand up the whole time). When you are sitting in a long, boring meeting, there comes a point when your mind becomes stagnant (unless there’s an argument to spice things up). What good is that?

In addition to getting your heart going while walking, it can also get your mind going — which is why the walking meeting is ingenious! Some of my best thoughts occur when I’m walking my dogs. And, I see more and more people talking on their cell phones and pacing, which also illustrates the connection between movement and brain activity.

So give it a try. Walk, meet, lose weight and stay healthy all at the same time. How can you lose?

Is there anything you do at your company to encourage people to get off their butts? 

 

 

 

Bridget Ingebrigtsen

Bridget Ingebrigtsen owns Write On Command, a company that provides writing and editing services to businesses and not-for-profits. Bridget describes her six-year stint as Anchor Advisors' writer/editor as being "mutually beneficial" -- she helps Anchor Advisors keep their written projects on track and Anchor Advisors helps her keep her business on track. When she's not running her business, Bridget is running after her four children, two dogs and the latest in entertainment news. Connect with Bridget on Google+, Twitter and LinkedIn.

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