Experience the benefits
So the science backs up claims made by some of the world’s brightest thinkers – movement means new ideas, whether it’s running or walking. Here’s three ways to make the most of this insight:
Head for the door
The best way to start thinking outside of the box is getting out of your box-shaped office building or apartment and into the outdoors. Moving in the fresh air means fresh perspectives and switches our brains on for new stimuli. By getting outside for a regular run or walk, we don’t only get the aforementioned creativity boost from movement, but also see and hear new things, meet new people and watch how others interact. As Steve Jobs said, “The broader our understanding of human experience, the more dots we will have to connect, the more creative our ideas will be.”
Hold meetings on the move
On average, Americans sit for 10 hours a day. For many of us, much of that time is spent at work. While some desk time is needed to get things done, transitioning meetings from the office to the outdoors is a way to gain the health- and creativity-boosting benefits of getting on our feet.
Walking meetings are another creativity hack that Steve Jobs endorsed, and it’s supported by the previously mentioned Stanford study too. One experiment found that you were twice as likely to come up with a creative solution while moving than you are sat down.
LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner is another believer, saying in a post that “In addition to the obvious fitness benefits, this meeting format essentially eliminates distractions, so I find it to be a much more productive way to spend time.” Virgin's Richard Branson also wrote a blog post extolling the benefits and it’s rumored that Facebook’s $19 billion acquisition of WhatsApp was brokered during several walking meetings between Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg and WhatsApp co-founder Jan Koum. It seems walking the talk is kind of a big deal.
Make sure you’re always ready to go
Often, creative ideas and solutions are needed fast. Choosing all-day shoes that can perform whenever needed removes barriers to movement. That’s the inspiration behind the design of the Cloud Terry. Fusing urban design for every day with performance running shoe technology, it’s Swiss-engineered so you’re always ready to go. Which makes movement an instant idea-boosting option that’s always open.
The benefits of moving more are well established, but the impact of exercise on creativity are just coming to light. Don’t wait around for your next big idea – get after it.
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