You may want to stand up while you read this post.
It turns out that sitting is really bad for you. The Health issue of the NYTimes Magazine published an article to this effect.
Is this a surprise?
Think about how you feel after a day of travelling:
Car ride after car ride.
Flight after flight.
When you get to your destination, how do you feel?
Now consider a typical day at the office:
Meeting after meeting.
Crazy-glued to your desk and computer.
How do you feel?
Intuitively, this is obvious.
If you lead a group of people, remember this corollary to Newton’s law:
Adults are influenced by gravity: it sucks the life force from them.
So, when you’re planning your next meeting, think about how you can counteract the influence of too much sitting.
For instance, when I’ve led corporate trainings in Spain and Italy, do you know how they start their meetings?
They put on great music and dance for 15 minutes.
How would that change your work environment?
If dancing seems like too much of a stretch, then consider the good old stand and stretch break.
Consider adopting the 70 minute rule: every 70 minutes (or sooner) take a break.
If you’re having a one on one meeting, consider having the meeting while you walk.
Your thinking will improve as well.
Let’s face it; do you come up with your best ideas when you’re at your desk, staring at your monitor?
I doubt it.
Motion and management go hand in hand. Consider these examples:
- MBWA: Managing By Walking Around.
- People “Step Up” to leadership.
- High potential employees advance by “climbing the corporate ladder”.
Your brain (and body) will thank you.