Want to walk an extra 20 miles a week?
by Louise D'Allura on March 13th, 2014

Each month I take time out to watch at least two TED talks because I love the perspective, inspiration, learning and ideas they provide – far more interesting than TV! 
 
This month I wanted to share with you a brilliant video featuring business innovator Nilofer Merchant.   Got a meeting? Take a walk only takes 3:29 minutes to watch - and you'll discover how she now easily walks 20-30 miles a week!!!!!!!
 
Nilofer talks how sitting has become the smoking of our generation – the health consquences of our lack of physical inactivity are startling - loads of diet related diseases diabetes, cancer, heart disease are all related to stress and lack of physical activity.  In fact we sit 9.3 hours a day which is MORE than we sleep (7.3 hours)!
 
What I love about this video is it helps us see easy hacks to implement whether you work at home or in an office. 
 
Now an advocate for walking meetings, Nilofer was asked to meet with someone while they walked their dog as that was the only time they could fit it in. While it was very strange to her at the time, it has now become an ingrained style of meeting for her - after several hundred walking meetings

What was great was the mindset shift she was able to achieve around health and work. Previously she felt you had to choose between taking care of your  health or take care of obligations (going to meetings and the like). I totally understand that crazy mindset! 
 
The good news is she has seen that you can combine the two!  Instead of going for coffee meetings she invites people she wants to meet with for a "Walking Meeting" and in the process clocks up between 20-30 miles a week!!!!!!!!!!!

Watch the video below - or click on this link if the video has issues: 
http://www.ted.com/talks/nilofer_merchant_got_a_meeting_take_a_walk.html
Clearly there are practical benefits – increasing exercise, makes meetings go quicker, but besides that it encourages out of the box thinking.  Fresh air drives fresh thinking and new ideas.
 
Now I’d love to hear from you – In the comments below, tell me would this be something you’d be keen to try next time you have a one-on-one meeting?  I’d I would love hear it if you’ve been able to let your ideas flow while you walk and talk!

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