The next time you have to organize a meeting or conference, take note: The most beneficial strategy may be to have participants walk as they talk. A recent study conducted by the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine found that a walking meeting can boost participants’ health, mood, and productivity.
Jeff Hurt, executive vice president for education and engagement at Velvet Chainsaw Consulting, says this latest study reinforces what brain researchers have been declaring for some time: Our bodies are made to move. “Learning is not equivalent to the amount of time your butt sits in a chair and listens,“ he says. “It’s actually directly correlated to how much thinking you do. And the more you can move your body during the thinking process, the higher the retention and recall process is of your learning. The longer you sit, the less you retain, the less you recall, the less you’re listening.”