Walking May Be Better For You Than You Think

Recent research finds that walking makes you more creative. No surprises there.

Posted Apr 29, 2014

First, while many people may not be athletic enough to play competitive sports throughout their lives just about everyone without significant disabilities can walk. So, walking is accessible to the vast majority of the population in ways that tennis, swimming, biking, football, basketball, and so forth is not. Walking can have enormous benefits in multiple ways.

Third, walking is pretty easy to do and is fun. You don’t need any special equipment except for comfortable shoes and you can do it mostly anywhere and at any time.

Implications of this research suggest that taking a walk to assist with creative thinking might be a good idea. Many people can walk during meetings or walk when they are trying to come up with a thoughtful and creative solution to a set of problems. This could be one of very few examples where multi-tasking is actually good for you. 

The study offers another link in the long chain that underscores the many benefits of exercise including simple and easy to do activities like walking. So, what are you waiting for? Go take a walk!

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