It turns out that going for a daily walk can do more for your health than what has been previously reported. According to Stanford News, a recent study done by the University of the same name revealed that walking stimulates the area of the brain that is responsible for creativity.
If you have ever found yourself pacing back and forth when trying to come up with an idea, the results of this study should come as no surprise to you. This study in particular focused on comparing levels of creativity in people who sat down, versus people who were walking, or had just finished up a walk.
The majority of subjects who had walked, experienced higher creativity levels than those who remained sitting down. In case you were wondering if the surrounding environment had anything to do with the results of the study, it was shown that the act of walking itself, rather than the environment the subject was in, was responsible for the rise in creativity. The subjects were tested by walking both indoors as well as outdoors, and they almost always acheived the same level of results regardless of where they were walking; the only thing that mattered was that they were in fact moving at all.
One of the most interesting aspects of the results for the study, at least for me, was the fact that levels of creativity remained high for a brief period even once the subject stopped walking and sat down. The next time I experience writer’s block, I’m going to try taking a walk, and I’ll be sure to get back to writing as soon as I sit down. After all, since any sort of physical movement is a great way to wake up the mind and the body by increasing circulation of blood and oxygen, it really only makes sense that walking should do wonders to wake up the creative aspects of the mind.
Still, the study does make a point out of mentioning that this increase in levels of creativity and creative thinking does not necessarily include the improvement of focused, or critical, thinking skills. Essentially, the root conclusion to be had here is that, while going for a walk can really help you out during your next creative brainstorming session, you shouldn’t rely on a walk to help you provide direct, single answers to questions that have only one correct answer, such as a math problem.
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