I recently came across a very interesting segment of Quirks & Quarks, the science radio show of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
It was about sitting for long periods of time, and how bad it is for our health. (The segment is from the March 22nd, 2014, show.)
Basically, if you spend lots of time sitting, you are putting the wrong kind of load on your bones, and causing a major slowdown of your metabolism. Even if you exercise regularly, which is better than being a total couch potato, sitting for long periods of time is detrimental to your health.
The only way to compensate is to move regularly. As in every few minutes.
So it reminded me of a tip for moving more that I had been meaning to write about. So here it is.
You’ve probably heard it before, but like most of us you’ve not done it yet. Now’s the time to try it. Take it as a challenge for the coming week.
It’s quite simple: Have a walking meeting.
It doesn’t matter if it is a business meeting, or a personal conversation; instead of sitting in an office, or a conference room, or at a restaurant, or on your couch at home, get up and go for a walk.
This is obviously easier to manage with one-on-one meetings, but it works really well. It adds a dynamic aspect to the discussion.
More importantly, it gets you, and your meeting partner, moving, instead of sitting.
Just don’t spring it on the person at the last minute. It is better to plan for it a little.
If you are a runner, and you know the person you are to meet with runs, you could even make it a running meeting. But that brings about possible complications that are better left for another post.
Walk first, run later…
Try it. Once. This week.
Then make it a new habit…
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