Tuesday, July 5th, 2016

Walk meeting might improve the health of office goers

Narada Desk | July 5, 2016 8:24 am Print
Walk meeting rather than sitting over a topic might increase the life expectancy by three years

A times conducting walking meetings rather than the conventional round table conference at least a week, would increase the physical activities of the salaried by 10 minutes, shows a new study.

The study conducted put forth ways to improve the health of million while collars who sit for 8-10 in a stretch.

“There are limited opportunities for physical activity at work. 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.

“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,” added Caban-Martinez.

The participants of the research wore accelerometers to measure physical activity levels during the workday over a three-week period. They also followed a “walking meeting protocol” that included guidance for leading meetings and taking notes while walking. 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.

“Having sedentary white-collar workers consider walking meetings feasible suggests that this intervention has the potential to positively influence the health of many individuals,” said Hannah Kling, a graduate of UM’s Department of Public Health Sciences.

Earlier doctors suggested brisk walking for at least 15 minutes per day for office goers which could add to the life expectancy.