Here are five reasons that walking is one of the best ways you can spend your time, and how it can help you think better, get more done, relate better, and live longer.
01. It will help make you more creative
A 2014 study from Stanford University in the US has shown that people are much more creative when they are walking around as opposed to when they are sitting still. A simple walk outside can aid your creative brain if you find yourself stuck at a desk and unable to elicit the next bright spark. Instead of sitting, waiting for inspiration to strike, head outside for five minutes and see if the extra blood flow can get the creative juices flowing.
02. It will help you stay healthy
Physical inactivity can lead to heart disease, diabetes, and a large number of cancers. It just doesn’t do us any good to sit around all day. Sitting is the new smoking – something which we all do now that is slowly killing us, and that in 10, 20, 50 years time people will look back on as crazy.
03. It will help you be more productive
Avner Ben-Ner, a professor at the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management, has published a yearlong study
in the science and medical journal PLOS ONE, showing that treadmill desks boost job performance. Other studies have already established that they’re good for workers’ long-term health. “We know that being cramped and still isn’t good for anybody,” he says.
Meetings on the move or walking meetings are very “in vogue” at the moment, particularly in Silicon Valley. The idea being that there is no reason really to hold a meeting over a big piece of wood, so why not take it outside and get some exercise at the same time.
04. Walking meetings are a great way to communicate
Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg both like first meetings with people to be on the move. This is because a walking conversation is so much more natural and distraction-free than most other types of meetings.
05. You will be following in the footsteps of giants
Everyone from Beethoven, Goethe, Dickens, Darwin to Steve Jobs took long walks.
Take a walk today!
The conclusion is… walking is great. Not only will it make you more creative, it will help you get those ideas over to your colleagues better and allow you to fit more into your day. All while helping you not to die early. Fantastic.
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