Walking is beneficial, as it increases physical activity, burns calories, improves mood, and helps to maintain good bone health. But, a little known secret is that walking can also boost creativity levels and enhance mental capacities.
While not exactly clear why walking is helpful to so many thinkers, it is believed that the brain is focusing on doing a task that comes easily for must people. Not much effort goes into walking, it’s one foot in front of the other; something that must of us are quite good at. Walking for me is therapeutic, as it allows me to free my mind, relax and smell the roses.
Multiple studies have found that walking helps to maintain an open, flexible personality and aids in the reduction of cognitive decline in old age. It is suggested that the physiological changes associated with walking are “very complicated”. According to the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory and Cognition, “walking opens up the free flow of ideas.” It helps people solve problems and creative sparks may act as a protective quality as we age.
Do you need to walk outdoors? The answer is no! Research suggests that whether walking outdoors or on a treadmill, walking itself was the main factor, not so much the environment…creative inspiration was boosted more for walkers, as opposed to a more sedentary people.
So, there’s no need to bust a sweat with speed walking, walking at a normal pace is good to get the creative juices flowing…time to get your walk on!