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Why great thinkers like Beethoven, Goethe, Dickens, Darwin and Steve Jobs took long walks, and why you should too...

What great idea will YOU think of this year?

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"Who can walk and talk (or type) at the same time?" Professionals from many different walks of industry are trying out the treadmill desk, and finding it has nothing but positive effects on their work day and productivity. When the average adult is sitting almost 10 hours a day, a treadmill desk is a genius way of getting out of your seat and staying in motion. 

Dr. Ratey, author of Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain writes, “The real reason we feel so good when we get our blood pumping is that it makes the brain function at its best, and ... I often tell my patients that the point of exercise is to build and condition the brain.”

With that, here are our top 3 reasons walking is one of the best (and only) ways you can be active while at work, and how it can help you think better, get more done, and live longer.

1) It will help you be more creative
"Walk and talk" meetings are a necessity for some businesses. On the move, people tend to waste less time losing focus. A walking conversation is so much more natural and distraction-free than most other types of meetings, and will encourage more energetic ideas.

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2) It will help you stay healthy
Walking is as close to a magic pill that we have. Just 30 minutes of walking each day is enough to dramatically reduce your risk of heart disease, colon cancer, breast cancer and dementia. Not to mention the added benefit of helping you loose weight or maintain weight loss. 

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3) It will help you be more productive
This image shows that after a 20-minute walk there is clear increased brain activity. It is a useful reminder of the interconnectedness of the mind and body, and how we can naturally boost our mental energies. 

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Through history the best minds have found that walking, whether a quick five minute jaunt, or a long four hour trek, has helped them compose, write, paint, and create. Give people warning that you are going mobile and you will likely not have any complaints and a lot more great ideas.

Great minds move,

 

Rob Jacobs
Chief UnSitter

 

I walked .19 miles and burned 12 calories while typing this email.