Being seated for too long is harmful. According to a recent article from the Washington Post, metabolism slows down 90% after 30 minutes of sitting. Regardless of the inconveniences due to the fact that the average office worker sits for about 10 hours a day, mostly in front of a computer.
In this video, Nilofer Merchant tells how she has changed her perspective on world, “lifting from chair”. She literally lifted from chair meetings and talks too, which she now manages standing.
This is a benefit for health, but also for the final outcome in terms of productivity, because different contexts favour different ideas.
Changing courageously one’s perspective leads to incredible results.
How can we apply this to our routine? How heavy is on us the cultural pressure that forces us to stay seated during a meeting or during working hours? What forces us in not spending one hour a day standing in office, maybe going up the stairs instead of using the elevator, and speaking to our colleague in person at his desk, instead of writing him an email?
Rugby, in its world cup competition right on these days, was born after the intuition of a boy, who took the ball with his hands on the football field, and started running, breaking the rules of the game. He changed the game, he innovated.
What keeps us from changing the perspective we see the world passing from?
Every path starts with a first step; every ideas stem from change; every big change starts from a direction we initially thought being the wrong one.