Its a New Year, take advantage of any of those year goals around exercising by bootstrapping them to writing goals! Exercise has long been known for its physical benefits, I am sure you all know that it can also have a positive impact on brain function and creativity, but we are going to remind you anyway. Here’s how working out can increase brain activity and creativity:
- Exercise increases blood flow to the brain. When you exercise, your heart pumps faster, which increases blood flow to the brain. This can help improve cognitive function and increase your ability to think and process information more efficiently.
- Exercise releases endorphins. Endorphins are chemicals produced by the brain the endorphins act as natural painkillers that also elevate your mood. When you exercise, your brain releases endorphins, which can help improve your mood and reduce stress and anxiety.
- Exercise promotes neurogenesis. Neurogenesis is the process of creating new brain cells, and research has shown that exercise can promote this process. The growth of new brain cells can improve learning and memory and increase creativity.
- Exercise helps improve focus and concentration. Physical activity can help improve focus and concentration by reducing the production of stress hormones and increasing blood flow to the brain. This can make it easier to concentrate on tasks and come up with new ideas.
- Exercise can stimulate creativity. Research has shown that physical activity can stimulate creativity by allowing you to take a break from your normal routine and think more creatively. Going for a run or taking a yoga class can give you the time and space to let your mind wander and come up with new ideas.
So next time you’re feeling stuck and need a creative boost, consider going for a run or hitting the gym. Your brain, body and writing craft, will thank you. Write on!