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Walking and talking meetings are not a new phenomenon. Aristotle was said to walk with his students as he taught (in fact this is why peripatetic means both teaching philosophy and mobile working!)
1. Physical activity energizes people and makes them more alert.
2. Different environments can inspire new ideas and stimulate creativity.
3. Improves health. Walking meetings reduces sedentary time (which has been likened to smoking as a health impact).
4. Walking and talking side by side cuts through hierarchical work distinctions and sets people at ease, which enhances a positive working spirit.
5. Walking burns calories, stimulates oxygen flow around the body that increases brain function that increases the ability to solve problems faster.
6. Being outdoors can increase confidentiality that can allow colleagues to work privately with out interruptions.
7. Time outdoors, in nature, with fresh air and light, improves physical and mental well-being.
2. Organize an agenda and perhaps a route.
3. With everyone's permission consider recording the meeting. Alternatively, schedule 5min at the end of the meeting to capture outcomes and actions.
4. Make sure everyone gets the memo about wearing comfortable shoes.
5. Check the weather, maybe take an umbrella.
6. Natural settings such as parkst, but urban settings with footpaths can be stimulating and convenient. Avoid noisy roads that are distracting and dangerous.
With AusLSA GreenThemes suggesting a focus on Travel for Quarter 2, Cornwall Stodart focussed on staff commuting and general health and started a daily steps walking competition.
Practice groups were invited to form a team of five. Daily steps were tracked using a mobile phone app (“Pacer’’) or pedometers (purchased by individuals). Cycling distances could also be included converted into steps.
The target was for the firm as a whole was to walk the Wall of China, or approximately 11 million steps, and half-way through they anticipate that they will walk the whole length of the Wall, plus some of the way back!
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