An Easy Way to Be More Creative
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Too many people are deterred from exercise because of the mistaken belief that simply walking confers little benefit. New research debunks that myth.
I’m working on a proposal for a new book.
I just took a long walk to inspire new ideas.
That research shows how those two activities are connected.
I’m fortunate. I live in Naples, FL where it’s almost always warm and sunny. There’s rarely a day when I can’t walk.
Writing books is hard, tedious work. Even when I’m not writing, I often reach a point in my day when it’s a struggle to confront the tasks in front of me. I’m sure you can empathize.
When that happens, I take a walk. I typically come back refreshed and full of new ideas.
I didn’t realize there was compelling research that supports the benefit of walking. These benefits are summarized in this blog post, published on Psychology Today.
Start by standing
I have a standing desk. I highly recommend it. I rarely sit during the day. I feel more energized when I work while standing. When I’m doing interviews or just speaking on the telephone (or coaching from my videoconference studio), I’m more animated and engaged. When I do a talk or give a workshop (which can last for as long as four hours), I stand the entire time.
Simply standing can benefit your health. A study in the Annals of Internal Medicine found a reduction in mortality was related to “reducing and interrupting sedentary time.”