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Can Walking Help With Creativity?

Can walking help with creativity?  A new study suggests that walking can help people solve a hard problem or think of ideas they normally would not.

Can Walking Help With Creativity?  

Scientists at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Education studied 176 people and found that when walking, instead of sitting or being pushed in a wheel chair, people had more creative responses to tests that measured creative thinking.  It did not matter if people were walking indoors or outdoors; both help creative processes.

Can Walking Help With Creativity?

Walking is not only for physical fitness anymore!

It has been shown in the past that aerobic exercise can improve cognitive ability.  But the scientists decided to focus on walking instead because it is a more feasible activity for most.  It is also something that can be done when creative thought is needed the most without interrupting work too much.  A short walk can be taken in the middle of a project or work day.

A sub group of students was tested and on all tests, 80% or more tested better after walking than after sitting.  One of the tests even had students scoring 100% better after walking.  The only anomaly was that walkers were slightly less good than sitters at answering questions requiring a single answer.  Could it be because these questions needed less creative answers?  It would be interesting to know if walking only helps with creative processes, but not other processes.

It looks like a little more research needs to be done to fine tune the study and get more information as to exactly what walking can be contributed to helping in terms of brain function.  Regardless, any physical activity is helpful for health and brain function.

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Can Walking Help With Creativity?  

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