Statistically, you sit more than you sleep.
As corporate director & author Nilofer Merchant explains in her TED Talk Got A Meeting? Take a Walk, we average 9.3 hours of sitting per day, which exceeds the 7.7 hours we sleep. She says it’s killing us, stating that “sitting has become the smoking of this generation.”
And she proposes a change.
But before you watch Merchant’s inspiring 3-minute video below, consider the following:
- Researchers at Stanford University found that people were more creative when they were walking, versus sitting.
- A study at the University of Michigan reports that people who spent time outside were better able to solve creative problems.
- The journal Environmental Science & Technology published research showing that just 5 minutes outdoors can boost your mood
Merchant reports that making the switch to walking meetings has changed her life. Take a look – and maybe you’ll hold your next meeting around the block.