A day after I finished reading ‘The Kinesthetic Classroom: Teaching and Learning Through Movement’ by Tracy Lengel and Mike Kuczala, I came across the following article in the Globe & Mail. Titled ‘Even a short walk can boost executive control’ this article explores the benefits of movement to one’s reasoning, creative and decision making abilities.
It cites the work of James Burr and other academics that have found evidence that “that sitting at a desk all day is hazardous for your health and that activity can make you a more focused, productive employee or leader.” Professor Burr promote the benefits of ‘Walk and Talk meetings‘ for boosting performance in the work place. He goes on to state that:
“People shouldn’t be sitting for more than 30 minutes at a time. Doing so affects everything from mental health to the musculo-skeletal system to cardiovascular health and brain health… Sometimes we’ll do an actual structured meeting where we’ll say, ‘Meet you at the outdoor or indoor track,’ and we’ll walk laps and talk,… More often, we’ll do things like meet outside our building and walk together to the coffee shop, grab a coffee to go, and then continue walking rather than meeting for coffee at Starbucks and then promptly sitting in a chair.”
‘Walk and Talk’ is one of the many strategies found in ‘The Kinesthetic Classroom: Teaching and Learning Through Movement’ by Tracy Lengel and Mike Kuczala. You can find it at Chapters, Bookdepository and Amazon.