Many successful innovators and creative geniuses claim they boost their creative inspiration and do some of their best work when walking. Hippocrates said famously, “Walking is the best medicine.” Throughout history, creative geniuses have made walking a part of their daily routine. From my own experience breakthroughs in perception and creativity do not come from simply thinking hard about the topic I am writing about. Creative inspiration can be elusive, and the more I force myself to go looking for it, the harder it is to grasp. I have discovered a deep connection between awareness, walking, thinking, and writing. Walking is a simple way to get my creative juices flowing.
Walking and moving my body engages my brain to discard its fixed points of view and usual perceptions. It allows me to see new and different possibilities. Some of my most creative insights are the direct result of going for walks with my husband. Most crucially for me I have discovered that I can actively change the pace of my thoughts by deliberately walking more briskly or by slowing down and walking at my own pace. This helps me expand my zone of awareness and boost creative inspiration.
There are decades of research that show the positive benefits from walking. Researchers have proven that the way we move our bodies changes the nature of our thoughts, and vice versa. According to Stanford University's Graduate School of Education research team, walking can boost creative inspiration by an average of 60 percent. The research showed that walking actually encourages the brain to create new connections between cells and helps transmit messages between them much more effectively.
Furthermore, walking can reduce the speed of tissue degradation and even enlarge the hippocampus, which is responsible for spatial navigation and converting information from the short-term to the long-term memory.