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On Walking 1:1s

. 1 min read . Written by Sara Hicks
On Walking 1:1s

If you work with me, you would know that I'm a big fan of walking one-on-ones. The "walk and talk" meeting is my favorite. The fact that I work a block from the beach is an added bonus. In a few short minutes, I can be wandering on the beach path in Santa Monica near the Pacific Ocean.

This article about how walking helps us think explains so much of why I enjoy walking.

What is it about walking, in particular, that makes it so amenable to thinking and writing? The answer begins with changes to our chemistry. When we go for a walk, the heart pumps faster, circulating more blood and oxygen not just to the muscles but to all the organs—including the brain. Many experiments have shown that after or during exercise, even very mild exertion, people perform better on tests of memory and attention. Walking on a regular basis also promotes new connections between brain cells, staves off the usual withering of brain tissue that comes with age, increases the volume of the hippocampus (a brain region crucial for memory), and elevates levels of molecules that both stimulate the growth of new neurons and transmit messages between them.

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