“The moment my legs begin to move, my thoughts begin to flow.”
~Henry David Thoreau
People have said for ages that exercise, particularly walking, can help with creativity and stimulate clear thinking. And there’s been a rash of recent articles about it, as well.
When I was younger, I thought good storytelling was fueled by whiskey, nicotine and coffee. Ha! It turns out that healthy living is as good for writing as it is for your waistline.
And in business, corporations are embracing wellness and health campaigns, encouraging employees to use the gym, bicycle to work or simply walk more often — even if it’s just by parking at the far end of the lot or taking the stairs instead of the elevator.
I like the gym for this. And yoga, which requires my full attention and, somehow, frees up brainpower, too. And now with this beautiful spring weather calling us outside, here’s a roundup of, not only quotes by brilliant people of the past, but also some newer articles to help free your creativity by freeing your body first.
- To Get Creative, Get Walking: “Experiments show that creative thinking improves when a person is walking—indoors or out—and for a time shortly thereafter.”
- Yes, Walking Meetings Can Actually Be Productive. More companies, tired of endless meetings around tables, are taking the talks on the go. An article on inc. com says that can work.
- The Link Between Exercise and Creativity: “According to research, people who exercise regularly are better at creative thinking.”
- Cycle Your Way to a more Creative Brain: “Cycling, amongst all types of exercise, causes the body’s systems to function more closely together than they would if we were sedentary, increasing the capacity for creativity.”
- Eating and Moving Inspire Your Brain: “People who deem themselves ‘starving artists’ may be starving more than their bodies. Their creativity may also be suffering.”
- Now Doctors Are Prescribing Walks in the Park: A new Rx to get us up and moving? Yep.
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