A great way to incorporate physical activity: Walking Meetings or Walking with friends

Walking is one of the most underrated of exercises. Whether it is just a stroll around the block or a hike across the countryside, walking is something that immediately exercises most of your muscles and takes you from sedentary to active.

This is why Slim.in recommends you start a walking partnership. Your walking partner can be a friend, a partner, your spouse, your child, or even your dog! Knowing a partner is waiting can be the stimulus you need to get going every day. Over a period of time, both you and your partner develop a better, more active, habit.

Walking meetings

As more and more people realize the importance of being active, companies and changing the way they do business.

A Huffington Post article lists why:
“ Walking helps break down formalities, relaxes inhibitions and fosters camaraderie between colleagues — and less eye contact can fuel more personal conversation. Meeting on the go also minimises distractions — no phones, no email, no texts, no colleagues interrupting you.”

Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey, and Barak Obama have all been noted as fans of walking and talking.

Business innovator Nilofer Merchant even has a compelling Ted Talk about it:

“What you’re doing, right now, at this very moment, is killing you. Nowadays people are sitting 9.3 hours a day, which is more than we’re sleeping, at 7.7 hours. Sitting is so incredibly prevalent, we don’t even question how much we’re doing it, and because everyone else is doing it, it doesn’t even occur to us that it’s not okay. In that way, sitting has become the smoking of our generation.

What did get me moving was a social interaction. Someone invited me to a meeting, but couldn’t manage to fit me into a regular sort of conference room meeting, and said, “I have to walk my dogs tomorrow. Could you come then?” It seemed kind of odd to do, and actually, that first meeting, I remember thinking, “I have to be the one to ask the next question,” because I knew I was going to huff and puff during this conversation. And yet, I’ve taken that idea and made it my own. So instead of going to coffee meetings or fluorescent-lit conference room meetings, I ask people to go on a walking meeting, to the tune of 20 to 30 miles a week. It’s changed my life.

So now, several hundred of these walking meetings later, I’ve learned a few things.

First, there’s this amazing thing about actually getting out of the box that leads to out-of-the-box thinking. Whether it’s nature or the exercise itself, it certainly works.

And second, and probably the more reflective one, is just about how much each of us can hold problems in opposition when they’re really not that way. And if we’re going to solve problems and look at the world really differently, whether it’s in governance or business or environmental issues, job creation, maybe we can think about how to re-frame those problems as having both things be true. Because it was when that happened with this walk-and-talk idea that things became doable and sustainable and viable.”

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