Exercise and Creativity


A recent study published in Nature Scientific Reports suggested links between physical activity and imagination. There is well documented evidence that exercise helps marinate our brains with extra blood, oxygen and nutrients. The study results indicated a close relationship between active imaginations and active lives.

Referring to the study, the New York Times Well columnist Gretchen Reynolds writes “active people come up with more and better ideas during tests of their inventiveness than people who are relatively sedentary, and suggests that if we wish to be more innovative, we might also want to be movers and shakers”.

Creativity is one of the most abstract of thinking skills and difficult to quantify, and its relationship with exercise has not been clear except a few studies that found intriguing relationships between moving and originality, writes Reynolds.

According to the recent study published Science Reports, the most active people, who often walked or otherwise exercised moderately, were also the most creative. “Active people also tended to be happy people, although their moods were highest if they engaged in relatively vigorous activities, like jogging or playing sports, rather than moderate ones.”

Christian Rominger, a professor of psychology at the University of Graz and the study’s lead author told the Times that the findings of the study point to “an association between creativity and physical activity in everyday life”.