Go for a Walk. Strengthen Your Creativity…and Get a Good Workout

Woman walking in the forrest


The article Why walking is the most underrated form of exercise came across my Facebook feed today and I was immediately intrigued. I practice yoga and have run 4 marathons and yet recently I am loving my morning walks. When I read this article, I immediately thought of Chapter 6 of Onward: Take Care of Yourself.

The article shares that “One Stanford University study found that walking increased creative output by an average of 60 percent. Researchers labelled this type of creativity ‘divergent thinking,’ which they define as a thought process used to generate creative ideas by exploring many possible solutions. According to the study, ‘walking opens up the free flow of ideas, and it is a simple and robust solution to the goals of increasing creativity and increasing physical activity.’” How cool is it that? In taking care of ourselves we are also building our creativity! And if you have ever attended one of Elena Aguilar’s workshops, you know that she offers opportunities to walk and talk to process information. I have added this routine into my work day as well and it makes such a difference.

And if you are looking for a little more, this article also shares some great tips for how to turn your walk into a workout as well.

So the next time you are feeling stuck, go for a walk, soak up some vitamin D and let the innovative ideas flow.