Workouts Help Both Body and Mind
For regular exercisers, a sweat session could boost creativity. Researchers assigned 96 adults to complete creative-thinking tasks, such as determining the link among three apparently unrelated words, either at rest or while exercising on a stationary bike. Participants who worked out three or more times a week performed better on the problem-solving tasks when they completed them while exercising than while at rest. But sedentary people didn’t reap the same creative rewards. In fact, intense exercise seemed to impair their creative thinking. The study’s authors say infrequent exercisers may lose concentration while focusing on exercise, which leads to worse creative thinking. For fit folks, though, the research provides a possible solution to creative blocks: Go for a walk.
Source: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, December 2013