You know you sit too much. You’ve heard the latest research documenting that Americans sit far too much. If you haven’t check it out HERE and HERE. The researchers tell us the optimal amount of time we should sit daily is 3 hours. Yup, that’s it. Now think about how you stack up to that goal.
Don’t feel bad. Depending on whose numbers you use, the average American sits somewhere between 9.5 and 15 hours every day. The big issue is people who sit this much have a 40 percent higher probability of dying in the next 15 years than people who get off their butts more. Kind of sobering, isn’t it?
In case you think that 30 minutes you spend in the gym three times a week, or the daily morning run will help to overcome this issue, it won’t. Nope, researchers say the only way to combat health risks from sitting too much is to sit less. Simple, but not easy for everyone.
One solution to consider is walking meetings. They work really well for 2 person meetings where both people are willing to try something new. Any type of walking meeting is a good meeting, but if you can take it outside, it’s even better.
Here are 4 compelling reasons to ask a colleague to walk while you meet next time.
1. You will think more creatively.|
Researchers from Stanford University have proven that your creative output increases by as much as 60 percent when you walk versus sitting.
2. You will sit less and move more.
The only way to decrease the risk of early death due to sitting too much is to sit less.
3. You will have increased energy.
It’s long been documented that exercise increases our energy levels. Walking meetings are no exception to this rule.
4. You will communicate better.
When you walk, blood flow to the brain is increased which helps you communicate better.
There really aren’t any negatives to this strategy. There is only upside. So give walking meetings a try this week, won’t you?