A recent Stanford University study found that walking increases creativity, with study participants generating about 60% more uses for an object while walking than when they were sitting down. Walking on a treadmill was surprisingly just as effective as walking outside.  And good news – walking before sitting down also boostsed creativity, so if you need to be sitting as you generate ideas, try going for a quick walk beforehand. However …  long, intense exercise can cause temporary mental tiredness, so don’t go running an Ironman triathlon before sitting down to brainstorm!

Do you find that exercise improves your ability to generate ideas? Share what works with you in the comments section below.

Note: Study published in Journal of Experimental Psychology, Learning, Memory and Cognition, April 14, 2014. http://psycnet.apa.org/psycinfo/2014-14435-001/