KEY POINTS:

1. Doing light exercise, such as walking, has been shown to improve creativity, boost energy levels, and enhance performance. 

2. If you want to supercharge your creativity and optimize mental performance, try doing 15 minutes of exercise before an important task. 

“All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking” - Friedrich Nietzsche

There are examples of the world’s most creative people activating themselves before doing mental tasks using exercise. Charles Dickens was rumored to have walked for 30 miles a day. Bob Marley is one of the best musicians ever, and he did some very interesting things to supercharge his creativity and performance. Before playing concerts Bob and his band the Wailers would play soccer in the stadium where they were to play. Before recording sessions, they would go down to the beach to play soccer then go for a swim before going into the studio. They found that if they played at soccer before playing music they played better and were more creative. I highly recommend watching the documentary ‘Marley’ if you’re interested in Bob’s amazing, inspirational life.

When I read Steve Jobs’ biography I noticed that Steve conducted his meetings while walking around the Apple campus. His biographer noted that if Steve took people for a walk that they would be more creative, have better energy and that they were able to think better.

Turns out Steve Jobs’ instinct to improve his and others thinking by getting some activity is backed up by the research. Scientists at Stanford University found that walking boosts creative inspiration and that creative output can be increased by an average of 60% while walking.  

You can do this as well. As little as 15 minutes of exercise improves mental performance, so add this to your day before important tasks that you have to do. If you can start your day with a workout, you’ll prime your brain for excellence and start the process of remodelling the areas of your brain that will help you to think more clearly.

The key is to make exercise part of your daily routine. Not only for your body – but for your mind as well.

Today's POWER-UP: Exercise to Supercharge your Creativity

YOU MIGHT BELIEVE THAT SITTING AT YOUR DESK FOR HOURS ON END GETS LOADS OF WORK DONE. WE CERTAINLY LIVE IN A CULTURE THAT VALORIZES PUTTING IN LONG DAYS AT THE OFFICE. WHICH OFTEN MEANS, PUTTING IN LONG DAYS ON OUR BUTTS.

BUT WE ARE LEARNING THAT OUR PRODUCTIVITY DECLINES AS OUR BUTT-SITTING INCREASES. THOSE LONG HOURS AT THE DESK HAVE DIMINISHING RETURNS. THE BRAIN FUNCTIONS BETTER WHEN THE BODY MOVES.