Have you struggled to produce an original thought and felt the need to take a walk in order to gain some inspiration? That’s not an uncommon solution since there are claims of a positive correlation between creative inspiration and exercise. It’s been noted that some of the most legendary creative thinkers, some of which include Steve Jobs, Aristotle and Sigmund Freud, were known to orchestrate “walking meetings.” It has also been stated that Charles Dickens used to walk a vigorous 20 miles a day (and most of us know the great works he created).
As a member of a gym just two blocks from my doorstep, I try to make a resisting effort to workout at least twice a week. But I hate cardio. So when I run, I have to excessively think about things that will take my mind off running, like what I would call my pet platypus if I had one, or if I could run faster than an alligator, or how I could become LeBron James’ best friend. Some may call them daydreams, I call them “things that have a slim to none chance of ever happening.” After the torture is over, I feel cleansed and inspired, and for whatever reason, motivated to get my work done. Even the simplest of physical exercises can help your brain stimulate creativity. In the middle of writing this article, I felt the need to get up and walk away from my desk for a few minutes in order to take my eyeballs off the computer screen. Physical activity helps put a fresh perspective on the task at hand. It might seem tough to physically remove yourself from an assignment when you’re struggling to complete it, but it might be worth sacrificing five minutes to receive a free flowing, second wind of inspiration.