Have you had a walking meeting today? Or Have you had a WWM meeting? That is a "Walk with me while I get to another meeting" kind of meeting. Many decisions are made in business hallways throughout a workday, and many ideas are born when getting from one place to the next. We don't have to be seated in a conference room to be productive, make decisions or share information. Okay, so you may not be able to write everything down if you are a note taker, but you can grab a pen and paper or your phone to jot down important details.
Sitting too much comes with a cost. Metabolism slows after sitting a while and research links sitting for long periods of time with health problems. Too much sitting and sitting for prolonged periods of time may increase the risk of cardiovascular disease, cancer, type 2 diabetes, obesity, increased blood pressure, high blood sugar, and abnormal cholesterol levels. That's a lot of feeling bad, missing work, not feeling like working while you are at work and cloudy brain function. Instead, we can all find ways to be more active during the workday and do what we can to stay healthy. First, become conscious of sitting and moving times. Second, stay motivated by focusing on the benefits of sitting less. Those include burning 30% more calories while standing, increasing blood flow throughout the body, and being kind to the heart.
Here are a few ideas:
Take a break from sitting every 30 minutes.
Encourage walking meetings and standing meetings.
Use a restroom one floor above or below your office location.
Stand while talking on the phone or work at a standing desk.
Do like a friend of mine and around mid-afternoon or sluggish hour, gather everyone up for a brisk walk around the building. It's quick and painless.
Move daily work items to less convenient locations, so more walking is required in order to retrieve the items.
Park further from the door and get some extra steps in each day.
Volunteer to relay a message or deliver something to another area within the building.
Keep a tally of how many times you stand up from your desk.
When in very long meetings or attending a conference, get comfortable with being the person standing in the back or along the side of the room. Before long, you will not be alone.
Do more standing and walking today than you did yesterday.
Set a timer or use your smart watch for reminders to stand.
Take the stairs every chance you get.
We spend most of our daylight hours at work and sitting too much is killing us. Finding intentional ways to be more active can be worked into the day. Remember, you are the only one who can take control of your health and standing and moving throughout the day doesn't take away from work completion. It will likely boost productivity and keep your mind sharp. Be a good example to others and grab someone to join you in the plan to sit less.