17 Nov 2018

10 coaching and walking benefits

Ready for a fresh approach to solving sticky business challenges? Does working with a coach while walking sound crazy? Not really - it is a powerful way to stimulate thinking and resolve issues you are grappling with.

Being outdoors in beautiful natural surroundings boosts our creativity and problem solving skills. Here are some more benefits:

No distractions – by putting mental and physical distance between your workplace and inevitable interruptions you can focus more readily on issues that need to be resolved.

More creativity – exercise helps brain functioning opening up different thought pathways for finding novel solutions to challenging problems.  

Enhanced focus – walking helps you slow down and pace yourself so you can get into a natural rhythm and organise your thoughts in a more coherent way.

Exercise gains – walking gives your muscles a workout and increases blood flow throughout the body. It recharges your body and mind and lifts your mood.

Benefits of nature – walking in nature helps you feel more grounded and connected to the world around you. Being fully present helps gain perspective on what is happening now and to prepare for the future.

Time for reflection – gaps in conversation occur as you take in the beauty of your natural surroundings. These silent pauses create more opportunity for reflection and quality insights.

Less formal – walking side by side without eye contact creates a different kind of dynamic. It also helps introverts to talk more freely about what is on their minds.

Holistic experience – the combination of walking and coaching engages mind and body at a higher level removing roadblocks for moving towards achieving your goals.

More relaxed – conversations are more relaxed away from the work environment. We can listen and focus on what is being said in a more relaxed frame of mind.

Being prepared – thinking in advance about issues before the walk creates a powerful platform for real insights during the walking and coaching session. 

These benefits can be shared as part of a coach-facilitated peer walking group solving business challenges together or by individuals working one to one with a coach on a tailored programme to recalibrate work and life.

Mary
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Mary Somervell

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