Harnessing the Power of Walking for Creativity
In 2014, a team of Stanford researchers examined how creativity levels were impacted by walking. They conducted experiments with 176 participants that placed them in different situations:
• Walking on a treadmill facing a wall
• Walking outside
• Sitting inside facing a wall
• Sitting outside
In each situation, the participants were asked to complete a range of tasks that are typically used to measure creative thinking. For example, a test of “divergent thinking” asked the participants to come up with as many uses as possible for a set of objects.
The results were incredible:
Participants were dramatically more creative while walking than sitting. In fact, one group of participants who took back-to-back tests, first sitting inside and then walking inside on a treadmill, saw a 60% improvement in creative output while walking vs. sitting! Walking, indoors or outdoors, had a similar robust positive impact on creative thinking.
The authors concluded, “Many people anecdotally claim they do their best thinking when walking. We finally may be taking a step, or two, toward discovering why.” Many of history’s greatest thinkers, entrepreneurs, artists, and athletes have believed in the power of walking. It’s a simple, free tool we can all use to dramatically improve our lives. Schedule more walks into your weeks.
Simple challenge for all of you: Go for a 30-minute tech-free walk every single day this week.
Just you, your thoughts, your gratitude, and the fresh air. It’s a simple reset that will unlock new creativity and shift your perspective.
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This insightful blog was written by Sahil Bloom on twitter and shared here. Sahil is an expert on entrepreneurship, creating, investing & well-being. For more enriching content, be sure to follow him on Twitter at @SahilBloom.