Changing traditional seated meetings at work into a walking meeting increased the work-related physical activity levels of white-collar workers by 10 minutes, says a new study published in Preventing Chronic Disease, a journal of the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The Walking Meeting (WaM) Pilot Study, Miami (2015) examined opportunities to increase physical activities in the workplace among sedentary white-collar workers. The researchers developed a 7-item core component walking meeting protocol that included a safe 25- to 30-minute walking.
The research was done on the workers, mean age 39.8 years, who conducted weekly meetings in groups of 2 or 3 individuals from January 2015 to August 2015 were recruited for the study.
To make the walk more comfortable, bring items such as water, sunglasses, and sunscreen. Wear comfortable shoes, suggests the study.
The group leader could be assigned roles to each walking meeting group member i.e., time checker, note taker, path leader.
After the walking meeting, workers could sit and conclude to wrap up meeting; take care of paperwork or other tasks that could not be accomplished during WaM.
Data analysis showed that walking meetings, a simple modification of traditional seated meetings, were not only well accepted by the study population, they were also easy to implement and feasible to conduct during regular working hours.