Walk This Way: Putting a Pace on Business Performance

Guest Blog by Cedric Farineau

By the end of February gyms are emptying as thousands of us abandon our New Year resolutions to be fitter, slimmer and healthier.

We all know that exercise is a brilliant way of beating stress, boosting our energy levels and even our business performance. The challenge is fitting regular exercise into busy lives; so instead of beating ourselves up about that lapsed gym membership or expensive mountain bike gathering dust, why not simply take a walk?

You only need 30 minutes a day of a brisk walk to feel the benefits for your body. There’s also a positive impact on your mental health because walking releases the “happy hormone” serotonin which controls your emotions. Below are my tips on fitting the ultimate stress buster into busy working lives.

  • Walk to work. Instead of driving, walk – or take public transport so that you least walk to the bus stop or rail station. If you travel by train or bus regularly then alight at a station or bus stop before your destination.
  • Take a break at work and go for a walk outside. If smokers can take a 10 minutes break 2-3 times a day, then you could use that same time for a gentle walk around the office neighbourhood. You may even discover interesting areas, shops, people and beauty spots close to the office you didn’t know existed.
  • Go for a walk in your lunch break. Take a 20 minute stroll to the local park and savour your food al fresco.
  • Walk with the kids. If you have children, could you walk them to school before heading for the office? This way, the whole family benefits and children form good habits.
  • Go for a long walk in the countryside. Find time on your day off – you’ve caught the walking bug so now experience the great outdoors on your doorstep. You might even consider steeping up to the challenge of a walk such as the Three Peaks of Yorkshire.
  • Ask friends, colleagues and family to join you. Walking can be social and a great way to catch up on busy lives. Striding out with a fellow walker is a great way to stay motivated too.

Cedric Farineau writes a blog Walk InYorkshire. He is a Frenchman who caught the passion of walking in his childhood in France, and rediscovered it in the beautiful county of Yorkshire when he moved there about four years ago. Follow him on Twitter @WalkInYorkshire.

As a business strategist with decades of expertise in helping owner managers and family businesses to achieve a work/life balance, contact me on richard.bosworth@whatifspecialist.com or go to @richardwhatif on Twitter, Richard Bosworth on LinkedIn or www.whatifforums.com.

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