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Walk to Boost Your Creative Thinking: Quick Tip 3

Walking boosts creativity in real time and shortly after. Following being seated, participants scored higher on creativity tests. Walking outside had the most impact. At the same time, a treadmill still increased creativity. The paper titled “Give Your Ideas Some Legs: The Positive Effect of Walking on Creative Thinking” was published in The Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition.

I live in Baltimore City, so I walk to the gym and to stores when I have time. It’s one of my favorite things about living in the city. Now that I commute to the suburbs for work, I really miss working in the city where I could walk and browse stores on my lunch breaks

Do you take regular walks and does that help you?

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Brian E. Young is a graphic designer and artist in Baltimore, MD.

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I’m a graphic designer (portfolio), classical pianist and artist in Baltimore, MD. I host the Uncanny Creativity Podcast helping to demystify the creative process and creator of Funlooksfun.com, an online shop for apparel and games. Twitter: @sketchee

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