Why don’t you go take a hike?


You’re busy. That’s why it’s so easy to spend most of your time behind your desk. The problem: It’s not only unhealthy, but it is probably making you less effective at what you do. Getting away from your desk may seem like a luxury, but it’s actually a vital part of being a successful leader.

One study for example, found that people who walk or ride their bike at least four times per week are more creative thinkers than those who live more sedentary lives. Other studies have found that physical activity can help you perform better at work in a number of ways. Research also shows that staying indoors too much can affect mood. Turns out that sunlight boosts seratonin levels, which can improve your outlook and productivity.

Working through lunch is common, but there are definite benefits to going outside or away from your desk for lunch. A recent study suggests that walking at lunch for as little as 30 minutes a day, three times a week, can help you better handle on-the-job stress. Research shows that taking a lunch break gives your brain a chance to switch off and regroup and avoid the foggy thinking, tiredness and diminished productivity that can make afternoons drag. Have you tried having walking meetings? Walking and talking is a great way to reduce stress and foster creativity.

Make the commitment to get away from your desk — and encourage your team to do the same.