Posted by: Alexander Swallow | April 29, 2013

Walking meetings? 5 surprising thinkers who swore by them

alexswallow:

Am curious about walking meetings! One way to make sure you aren’t stuck behind a desk I suppose…

Originally posted on TED Blog:

Nilofer Merchant's boots at TED2013 were certainly made for walking. Photo: James Duncan Davidson

Nilofer Merchant’s boots at TED2013 were certainly made for walking. Photo: James Duncan Davidson

In today’s talk, Nilofer Merchant gives a startling statistic: we’re sitting, on average, for 9.3 hours per day—far more than the 7.7 hours we spend sleeping. “Sitting is so incredibly prevalent, we don’t even question how much we’re doing it,” Merchant says.[ted_talkteaser id=1726] “In that way, sitting has become the smoking of our generation.”

But there are consequences. Physical inactivity, Merchant says, leads to upticks in our risk of breast cancer, colon cancer, heart disease, and type II diabetes.

Merchant’s own habits changed when a colleague couldn’t fit a meeting into her schedule and asked if Merchant could come along on a dog walk instead. Now, she says, “I’ve taken that idea and made it my own.” Instead of meeting in conference rooms, she asks people to go on walking meetings—20 to 30 miles’ worth…

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