Sitting Is the Smoking of Our Generation - take your meetings outside

2 years ago by in Get Fired Up.


The ultimate multi-tasking achievement: combining work meetings with exercise!

Read why Nilofer Merchant has “walking meetings” on Harvard Business Review. 

As we work, we sit more than we do anything else. We’re averaging 9.3 hours a day, compared to 7.7 hours of sleeping. Sitting is so prevalent and so pervasive that we don’t even question how much we’re doing it. And, everyone else is doing it also, so it doesn’t even occur to us that it’s not okay. In that way, I’ve come to see that sitting is the smoking of our generation.

So four years ago, I made a simple change when I switched one meeting from a coffee meeting to a walking-meeting. I liked it so much it became a regular addition to my calendar; I now average four such meetings, and 20 to 30 miles each week. Today it’s life-changing, but it happened almost by accident.

Read Nilofer Merchant’s full story on Harvard Business Review. 

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