Did you know that creativity can increase by up to 60 percent after a walk?
Research from Stanford University in the U.S have looked into creativity and the effect that exercise has on creative ability. They found that those who walked had significantly improved creativity compared to those sitting. They tested in both outdoor and indoor locations and found no difference in terms of improving creative ability.
Both Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg are advocates for ‘walking meetings’ in terms of getting the best creative output from their staff. Considering how sitting disease and the steady increase in those living with chronic disease is plaguing the workplace, this study could be of benefit. With many of us in office jobs, we spend close to one-third of the day sitting down and being sedentary. This increases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease and muscular pain and stiffness. Sitting for prolonged periods is detrimental, and can lead to decreased productivity.
It is widely known that aerobic exercise protects long term cognitive function, with exercise increasing brain activity and new cell growth. Walking meetings kill two birds with one stone; getting exercise and being productive at work. It also gives employees time away from the office and to enjoy some fresh air. Exercise has also been shown to improve memory and recall, so the introduction of walking meetings could be beneficial for all involved.
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