“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 rumoured 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.

As little as 15 minutes of exercise improves mental performance. See if you can take 15–20 minutes for some light exercise in the hour before a big event like a test, exam, music performance, or debate. This exercise will increase the flow of oxygen and nutrients to the brain and improve your mental performance. 

It might seem like you’re taking too much time away from the task but the physiological science says that you’ll perform better and get healthier at the same time.

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: Add 1% more activity to your day

IF YOU DO SHORT BOUTS OF ACTIVITY THROUGHOUT YOUR DAY, YOU CAN SPRINKLE EXERCISE INTO YOUR ROUTINE AND SUPERCHARGE YOUR HEALTH AND PERFORMANCE. REMEMBER, IT’S ALL ABOUT BEING 1% BETTER AND LEARNING FROM THE EXTREMES OF HUMAN HEALTH AND PERFORMANCE.

1% OF YOUR DAY IS 15 MINUTES. ADD 15 MINUTES OF ACTIVITY TO YOUR DAY. GO FOR A 15 MINUTE WALK DURING LUNCH BREAK OR AFTER DINNER, HIT THE GYM FOR 15 MINUTES OF WEIGHTS.