Photo by MJ S on Unsplash

Advisor Perspectives welcomes guest contributions. The views presented here do not necessarily represent those of Advisor Perspectives.

Click here to watch a video and learn more about Evidence Based Advisor Marketing.

Too many people are deterred from exercise because of the mistaken belief that simply walking confers little benefit. New research debunks that myth.

I’m working on a proposal for a new book.

I just took a long walk to inspire new ideas.

That research shows how those two activities are connected.

Walking benefits

I’m fortunate. I live in Naples, FL where it’s almost always warm and sunny. There’s rarely a day when I can’t walk.

Writing books is hard, tedious work. Even when I’m not writing, I often reach a point in my day when it’s a struggle to confront the tasks in front of me. I’m sure you can empathize.

When that happens, I take a walk. I typically come back refreshed and full of new ideas.

I didn’t realize there was compelling research that supports the benefit of walking. These benefits are summarized in this blog post, published on Psychology Today.

Start by standing

I have a standing desk. I highly recommend it. I rarely sit during the day. I feel more energized when I work while standing. When I’m doing interviews or just speaking on the telephone (or coaching from my videoconference studio), I’m more animated and engaged. When I do a talk or give a workshop (which can last for as long as four hours), I stand the entire time.

Simply standing can benefit your health. A study in the Annals of Internal Medicine found a reduction in mortality was related to “reducing and interrupting sedentary time.”