Organising Walking Meetings Boosts Health Of Office Workers

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Organising Walking Meetings at offices once a week instead of conventional seated meetings may increase the physical activity levels of white-collar workers by 10 minutes, a new study has found.

To improve the health of millions of white collar workers who spend most of their workdays sitting in chair, this study has suggested people to have meetings while walking, this would help in improving the health of the employees of the organisation.

At work one hardly does any kind of physical activity, once they enter their office they straight a away go to their desk and sit and then straight away leave their desk when the office hours are over. Therefore this walking meeting pilot study provides early evidence that white-collar workers find it feasible and acceptable to convert a traditional seated meeting into a walking meeting,” said Alberto J Caban Martinez, assistant professor at the University of Miami (UM) Miller School of Medicine.

Involvement of physical activity such organising walking meeting encourages employees to increase physical movement and raise awareness about the importance of physical activity. Physical activity is not only important outside the premises of the office. Physical activity in the workplace are needed to counter the negative health effects of sedentary behaviour,” Caban-Martinez said.

White collar workers who were participants of the study wore accelerometers to measure their physical activity levels during the workday over a three-week period.

A walking meeting protocol was also conducted,  where the employees were guided on how to lead meetings, conduct meeting and take notes while walking when a walking meeting is held.

The average combined moderate/vigorous physical activity reported by participants increased from 107 minutes in the first week to 114 minutes in the second week and to 117 minutes in week three of the study.

The white collar workers considered walking meetings to be feasible, and also stated that this intervention and urging them  to hold walking meetings for the sake of their health has shown a positive effect in their health.

A study published in the journal Preventing Chronic Disease, has proven that engaging in moderate exercises such as brisk walking for 15 minutes per day adds up to three years of life expectancy.