“How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live!” Henry David Thoreau penned in his journal. “Methinks that the moment my legs begin to move, my thoughts begin to flow.” Thoreau was onto something when it comes to building your strengths of creativity. I always wondered why Gallup never included creativity as one of their Talents in the Strengthsfinder assessment.
Apparently it is as simple as walking according to a Stanford study highlighted in a story featuring Steve Job’s famous practice of taking people for walking. Where you walked did not matter: “The act of walking itself, and not the environment, was the main factor,” according to the study. This study follows on an excellent article in the New Yorker on how Walking Makes You Think. Walking has many other benefits as outlined by the arthritis foundation:
1. Walking improves circulation.
2. Walking shores up your bones.
3. Walking leads to a longer life.
4. Walking lightens mood.
5. Walking can lead to weight loss.
6. Walking strengthens muscles.
7. Walking improves sleep.
8. Walking supports your joints.
9. Walking improves your breath.
10. Walking slows mental decline.
11. Walking lowers Alzheimer’s risk.
12. Walking helps you do more, longer.