What do you do when you’re trying to get creative juices flowing? Pace back and forth? Step outside to get some air? Walk around the block to clear your head?
If you do any of these, keep it up. Researchers found that walking can significantly boost creativity.
In a series of experiments, subjects were asked to solve a series of creative thinking problems while either sitting or walking. The researchers found that walkers were twice as creative as those who sat still.
This study is further evidence of the mind-body connection. While you may not be able to conduct your training during a walk in the park, you can incorporate physical activity into your program.
Chances are they’ll perform better and remember more.
Source: Oppezzo, M., et al. (2014). Give your ideas some legs: The positive effect of walking on creative thinking. Journal of Experimental Psychology, 40(4), 1142-1152.
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