Updated: Mar 14, 2022
The body of research linking creativity and movement is growing, and with good reason. Creativity is not something we can conjure while sitting at our desks staring at our computer screens. We need to see things differently, change our views, get our muscles moving. Studies show that movement increases creativity. Some say that fluid, circular motions will lead you to innovative ideas. Others focus on dance, or running. While any of these exercises would be helpful, today we are going to focus on walking.
The simple act of walking can change everything. According to a study by Stanford researchers, "Walking indoors or outdoors similarly boosted creative inspiration. The act of walking itself, and not the environment, was the main factor. Across the board, creativity levels were consistently and significantly higher for those walking compared to those sitting." (Stanford Report, April 24, 2014, https://news.stanford.edu/news/2014/april/walking-vs-sitting-042414.html)
So today, go for a walk. Just walk. In a park. Through the city streets. Around your block. Around your apartment. And then do it again tomorrow. Just like the consistent creative practice I tout, consistent walking will increase your creativity. And it will help you stay healthy, so double win!
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