You’ve heard it before. We spend most of our waking hours at work, and many spend the majority of their time at a desk in front of a computer. Not to mention the hours we commute to work in a car, plane, train, or bus — sitting. The sedentary lifestyle is a hazard to our health and can also squelch our career advancement.

There are easy ways to become more active at work, which will increase your productivity and your heart rate on the job. You need not be a triathlon athlete to tap your career fitness benefits. Getting into the game is what counts most. Treating your body, since it’s the only one you have, with dignity and respect and the movement it requires to stay healthy.

As we approach the new year, many will enlist in elaborate weight loss and exercise regimen plans. If that works for you — go for it. But I urge you to start now by simply getting up and walking around more during your workday.

A recent Stanford University study found that a person’s creative output increased by an average of 60 percent while walking — regardless of whether it was indoors or outdoors. So, not only is the walking meeting advantageous to your health — it can promote new ideas and problem solving as well.

Here are five good reasons to incorporate walking meetings into your workday:

Walking and talking side-by-side cuts through hierarchical work distinctions and sets people at ease — enhancing a positive working spirit.

• Getting out of the office offers more confidentiality and fewer interruptions.

• Different environments inspire new ideas and stimulate creativity.

• Walking burns calories and stimulates oxygen flow around the body. This can help increase brain function and the ability to solve problems faster.

• Connecting with nature — getting fresh air and light — improves overall well being.

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