Every year, Harvard Business Review publishes a list of breakthrough ideas for the workplace of the future. Here’s one idea that gets my vote:
1. Treadmills are installed in offices; people are encouraged to take exercise breaks.
2. Workstations include stationary bicycles that fit under the desks; people keep their legs moving while answering email.
3. Instead of suits, people wear stretch, cool-fitting gym clothes.
Here’s why: Exercise improves the blood’s access to specific brain regions and stimulates learning cells to make a neurotropic factor which works like Miracle-Grow for the brain.
You learn 20% faster and better during and after exercise than sitting still. Okay, that’s good for reading or listening to teleseminars on my iPod…if only I could figure out how to compose on a keyboard while on the bike or cross trainer…hmmm!
Anybody got a source to those under-desk treadmills?