Just walk a bit to get creative thoughts back

feeling brain-jammed while in the middle of

writing a creative plot? Go stroll around to get

free-flowing thoughts back.

Taking a simple walk may lead to more

creativity than sitting, research says.

"Incorporating physical activity into our lives

is not only beneficial for our hearts but our

brains as well. This research suggests an easy

and productive way to weave it into certain

work activities," explained Marily Oppezzo

from Santa Clara University.

Many people claim they do their best thinking

when walking. With this study, we finally may

be taking a step or two toward discovering

why, he added.

To figure this out, Oppezzo and colleague

Daniel L. Schwartz from Stanford University's

graduate school of education conducted

studies involving 176 people, mostly college


They found that those who walked instead of

sitting or being pushed in a wheelchair

consistently gave more creative responses on

tests commonly used to measure creative


When asked to solve problems with a single

answer, however, the walkers fell slightly

behind those who responded while sitting.

Of the students tested for creativity while

walking, 100 percent came up with more

creative ideas in one experiment.

In other experiments, 95 percent, 88 percent

and 81 percent people from walker groups

had more creative responses compared with

when they were sitting, said the study

published in the Journal of Experimental

Psychology: Learning, Memory and Cognition.


Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

I am a Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist/Writer who has an interest in General News, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle and many more.

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