All posts by Madhavi Arsoor

Little Things Make Big Impact

In this TED Talk, Nilofer Merchant high lights what could harming us more than the so called Technology. Take a Listen!

 

Here are the highlights of the talk –

  • Note that these days , people are sitting 9.3 hours a day, which is more than we’re sleeping, at 7.7 hours. This could be killing us more than the Technology.
  • Lack of physical activity contributes to 10% chances of Breast Cancer and Colon cancer; 6% for heart disease and 7% for type 2 diabetes.
  • Getting outdoors/exercise, promotes out-of-the box thinking
  • Start small, every step counts. Incorporate walking in your everyday life.
  • Try and promote more walking in organizations- try walking meeting.
  • Walk the talk!

Main take away – Little things can make big impact.

Here are a few things we can do and encourage others to do to be more active.

  • Parking your car a little farther and walking – make the most of it this summer 🙂
  • Take a brisk/short walk whenever possible while running errands
  • Using stairs instead of the elevator
  • Standing up instead of sitting
    • Stand up and/or walk when you are on the phone
    • Consider a standing desk if you can
    • Do not sit continuously for more than 20 mins; Stand up and walk every 20 mins

Happy Feet Walkers – Do you have any other suggestions that we can incorporate in our daily lives? Share it with us in the comments below. Stay active and encourage others to get active. Happy Walking!

A Fun and Friendly Way to Stay Active

The women of today are the busiest people that I know. They have a demanding schedule and are always on time crunch. They are always running around catering to the needs of others – be it family, friends, work and/or service.  And most of them do not make time for themselves.

I was one of them – I was always busy with urgent things (everything these days seems to be on our urgent list) and I missed out on important things to take care of. I realized my health and well-being is being neglected. I needed to take time for myself to de-stress, get active and be healthy.

I was looking to get into an activity which lets me have my personal time without compromising the quality time with my family. I wanted someone to hold me accountable on any activity that I start. I was looking out for friends to be my accountability partner here. Taking this further, if I could find an accountability group, it will be even better.  If it is a women’s group, woo-hoo! What more can I ask? In short, I was looking for a group of like-minded people to talk to, associate with, learn from and grow together. This will be relaxing for me and together we can all stay active, have fun and be fit. And in the process, I discovered Happy Feet Walking Club !!!

Happy Feet Walking Club is a group of women walking together who focus on personal health and encourage fitness in a fun way. We meet together every Saturday morning and walk together. We also encourage our family and friends to stay active by incorporating walking into our everyday lives.

Happy FeeT Walkers Club

If you would like to read more about the benefits of walking, click here.

I have met such amazing women from all walks of life here and we walk together. We each have unique strengths and together we complement one another. We learn from each other, we support, we inspire and we motivate one other to stay active and be healthy. I have found great set of minds to associate with and am very glad to be part of this awesome group.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank my friend, Rekha Narayan, who has introduced me to this group.

A recent study at Stanford found that walking, both indoors and outdoors, boosts creativity. Well known people like Steve Jobs and Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg are known to incorporate walking meetings. You can read more about the Stanford study here. Be active, get creative.!

Now, its your turn. Come join us at Happy Feet – a walking club for women by women – stay active in a fun and friendly way.