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A study has found that turning the occasional meeting into a walk-and-talk meeting could transform health, wellbeing and productivity of staff.

Research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), determined that changing traditional seated meetings into a walking discussions could lessen the effects of sitting all day. It is proposed that taking part in just one walk-and-talk meeting per week can significantly increase physical activity levels by professional staff.

Their research was taken from a study performed by the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Participants wore accelerometers to measure physical activity levels over a three-week period. After one 30 minute walking meeting a week, the average combined physical activity reported by participants increased from 107 minutes in week one to 117 minutes in week three.

“Physical activity interventions, such as the walking-meeting protocol, that encourage walking and raise levels of physical activity in the workplace are needed to counter the negative health effects of sedentary behaviour,” commented Alberto J Caban-Martinez, the study’s principal investigator.

It has been well documented by many specialists, including Positura, that sitting at a desk all day can have a detrimental effect on wellbeing. Stepping away from the desk for as little as five minutes regularly can boost energy and mind-set. Combining this with the physical activity of walking and engaging the mind in the topic of the meeting has undoubted benefits for workers.

Improve workplace wellbeing

This is just one of the many ways to improve productivity in the workplace. Our ergonomic assessments provide a series of personalised suggestions to help improve the productivity of your staff.

If you are a company looking to ensure wellbeing for your team members, Positura provide a personalised healthy workplace programme which includes chiropractic experience, detailed knowledge of ergonomics and a DSE assessment. Our assessments will increase workplace wellbeing – and ultimately, productivity.

Contact us today to request an assessment or for more information, call 07794 311 201.