Why I believe in exercise

Walking releases something in you. It provides peace of mind. And for space in your head for new ideas and thoughts.

No, I did not suddenly become a health or sports coach, but I do believe in the usefulness of exercise. the Fat Van Dale, multiple meanings

  • Change position or position
  • Moving
  • Tripping / persuading
  • Be physically active

All four are important, but in this blog I pay attention to the first and last meaning. Not only do I use exercise during coaching, but I also use it in my daily life. Below you can read what moving does to you.


When you change places, you view the world or a situation from a different angle. If you look at the situation in a completely different way, you will realize that you can approach all situations in different ways. And that each approach can produce a different result.

Okay, I can hear you thinking: 'that sounds very easy'. It's easier for some than others, but let's do a little exercise.

Imagine a recent conversation that didn't go smoothly at all. For example, a work meeting where a colleague did not seem to want to understand why your proposal is the best solution for everyone. Summarize your story and arguments again. Now move your thoughts to the chair of your colleague. Sit down and feel inside him or her. Think of the character, the way of talking, his current projects, etc. And then listen to your story in your mind. How did it get to the other? Do you use words that the other person also uses? Do you give examples of the benefit of your solution for the other person? Is it clear what you expect from him or her? Now move back to your own chair and think about what you can adapt to your story, so that you match his words, work and expectations. I bet your story is different now. And that with that the reaction of your colleague will also be different.

Next time do this exercise for the consultation, so that you immediately come up with a story that better suits your colleagues.

Read more in my blog The importance of looking (and being seen).

Exercise gives you peace and space

Of course you know that exercise is good for your body, but it is also very important for brain health. First of all, movement ensures the production of new brain cells and connections and an improved blood supply. Walking in particular has a lot of effect on your brain.

Our brains are continuously burdened with information flows, at work, at home over the phone, etc. And we have few moments of real rest. Concentration decreases and you are less able to carry out more complicated thinking processes. You lose that pressure on the cognitive brain by walking. You will regain peace and space in your head to fantasize and be creative. The hormone cortisol, which the body produces when it experiences stress, disappears. We are then able to look at things from a different angle. We are more relaxed, more enthusiastic and more confident. While you focus on the walk, your brain works on a solution. As a result, you often get an idea while walking.

A walk is also a good means of conversation. Well-known professor Erik Scherder says on NU.nl.: “While walking you really get a few strokes of conversation further than usual. This is mainly due to the fasciculus uncinatus, a connection between your frontal and temporal lobe. You use this to navigate, but also create empathy. As a result, you will be more empathic and you will develop a bond with the other faster. Walking lends itself well to having a difficult conversation. You stimulate the prefrontal cortex with it, the place in your brain where reasoning ability and self-reflection arise. In addition, it works as a nice inhibition of stress. You are therefore calm and will be less excited when you don't like something. ”

So if we go back to the previous example of the collision with a colleague during the consultation. Do not look up the person later for a conversation at the desk, but ask him or her to go for a block. Then you certainly have a much better conversation.

Walking in nature is even better

Outside in nature, the air is cleaner. The cleaner the air we breathe, the better our brains function. from Japanese research it turns out that the presence of trees and plants provides good quality air, which helps to calm your mind even further. And beautiful views increase the oxytocin level which makes you feel more love and connection.

from research It appears that people who walk for four or more days in a rural environment score up to 50% higher on a test of their intellectual ability. Their creativity in particular was positively influenced.

Walking in nature also has a positive influence on our emotional state. An article in the Journal of Environmental Science and Technology showed that a five minute walk in nature has impressive effects on our emotions. That short period of time is all it takes to determine changes in self-image and self-esteem. The people who regularly do this type of walk have more confidence and more self-control.

Do you understand why I love hiking in the mountains?

How do I use it?

It is not without reason that exercise is the first part of my motto Walk. See. Change. It is an important part of all my programs. I would like to put the brain to work and they will do better if you are not always sitting in a chair. That's why I often go outside with you for a walk in a park or forest. This way you clear your head and relax. This brings up new ideas and insights. Silence can be very helpful in this, and sitting opposite each other is a lot more uncomfortable than walking through the forest.

But even if we don't go for a walk, exercise plays a major role. I like to actively work on topics. For example, by translating subjects into paper or images. I believe that by exercising you always achieve better results!

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