I want to start a movement to shift a specific trend.
A long-standing tradition that forces participants to do one thing I really despise.
You’ve all heard of the “business meeting”, right?
A group of people sitting, sometimes for hours at a time, discussing an event, brainstorming, planning, whatever members of the corporate world do to figuratively increase productivity. Myself included.
Why can’t we shift the trend from lunch meetings to workout meetings instead? Yoga classes. Spinning. A walk through the park. You can walk and talk right? This is my dream…a sweat-sesh with potential clients instead of an eating-and-sitting-sesh. We aren’t made to sit for long stretches of time. Why do we default to that?
I’ve had about enough of the “sit on a stability ball” and “do calf raises while you’re on the phone” suggestions. While better than nothing, they don’t get to the root of the problem.
Our society is becoming dependent on the computer and the desk. Sitting all day has become the norm. As a girl from Iowa, farming is normal to me. It can be a ROUGH life, let me tell you…but an active one. As a sports management major, sports and exercise are normal to me. Movement has always been my “normal”. My biggest struggle in the corporate world is all the sitting.
But, I’ve been so lucky thus far.
My new job allows me to go to group practices and races. On Sunday, I’ll be cheering on participants at a Spartan Race – a 5K with obstacles. But for a while, I was turning down any job that involved long periods of time that lacked movement. But why should I have to decline an opportunity to work for a company I love just because I don’t want to sit all day?
Back to my soapbox…
What if we start asking our coworkers or clients to meet for a walk instead of coffee? (I love coffee just as much as the next person. But I love sunshine and getting my blood flowing more.)
I would love even more if I could start a FlyWheel corporate spinning session (HOW DO I MAKE THIS HAPPEN) but I’d be happy with a brisk group walk. I’d like to think that the FlyWheel experience would help facilitate bonding between coworkers, even if you don’t get as much talking in. It’s like when you go to happy hour with your work friends…you learn waaay more than you ever would in the office! (Right?!)
Maybe it’s not feasible to do for every meeting – I get that. You can’t collaborate and discuss as well when you’re chatarunga-ing. But I know for certain that some of the meetings on my Outlook calendar can definitely take place in a location other than the conference room.
The point of my rant is this: we need to focus on the root of the problem. EDUCATION from an early age. Encouraging employees to reap the benefits of a healthy lifestyle. Tradition. “How-things-have-always-been-done.” One thing I hate is when people aren’t susceptive to change because things have been done a certain way “forever”.
Let’s change the way we see things. Create opportunities to add movement into our lives. There are tons of incentive programs out there to encourage exercise, but why don’t we encourage people to want to do it for themselves? Lora’s (Crazy Running Girl) blog today made me think of this: Your body and mind are the most precious things you can own, why wouldn’t you take some extra time to ensure you’re doing what’s best for yourself…and others, for that matter? What’s harder: making fitness a priority in your busy lifestyle – treating it as a non-negotiable activity, like Corrie always says – or living through a string of sickness and disease?
Choose your hard.
I challenge you: suggest a walk meeting instead of a conference room meeting this month. See how it goes. Can you logistically make that change happen? If so, go for it. (Just don’t get fired, please!)Who doesn’t love a little extra sunshine? Besides, how many times have you walked to lunch with coworkers and ended up talking business the whole time anyway? Tell me if it works!