Walk Your Way to Fitness and Professional Success


As you may be aware, Rob O’Byrne recently returned from his second walking odyssey along the Spanish Camino de Santiago. Now that’s a long walk and regardless of what Rob would have you believe, it’s my bet that he spent at least some of that time in work mode … even if imperceptibly so. Why do I say this? Well, as Rob rightly points out, a good walk is a great way to take time out, but it’s also a great physical accompaniment to professional activities … such as thinking. In fact, if you are a busy professional—one of those who has “no time” to think about exercise and fitness—walking is the answer.   Walking in Work Mode When you take a walk, you can not only think about staying healthy, you can actually do it, without losing an ounce of productivity—that is, if you really can’t bring yourself to switch off for a while (which you absolutely should do, but that’s a topic for a future post). To reinforce the point and hopefully inspire you to get your walking shoes on at least a couple of times a week, here are a few ways you can enjoy walking and working at the same time. Some of them can even be instrumental in improving your professional performance as well as taking care of your cardio needs.   Take Learning Steps Podcasts, audio-books, MP3 language courses … today’s technologies make it easy to improve your knowledge without tying up all your cognitive functions. What better way to aurally absorb some fresh knowledge than to do so while out for a walk in the fresh air? My guess is that you probably wouldn’t think twice about picking up a call on your mobile phone while walking to your next meeting. Picking up your smart phone and going for a walk is...