Via the NYT:

Exercise has long been linked anecdotally to creativity. For millenniums, writers and artists have said that they develop their best ideas during a walk, although some of us also do our best procrastinating then. But little science has supported the idea that exercise aids creativity.

Until now! Researchers at Standford University decided to test out the theory that walking improves creativity, and they got fantastic results:

For almost every student, creativity increased substantially when they walked. Most were able to generate about 60 percent more uses for an object, and the ideas were both “novel and appropriate”


So great. Though it is perhaps what we all already knew instinctively. I certainly feel creatively regenerated post-walk. Read the full article on the New York Times:

Want to be more creative? Take a walk