Thursday, August 1, 2013

Go Ahead — Sweat the Small Stuff

No writer’s block for these blocks!

Genius is one percent inspiration

and ninety-nine percent perspiration.

~ Thomas Edison

According to our friends in the science world, we can now take good ol’ Tommy Ed literally.

Exercise actually increases creative thinking!

Here’s the lowdown —

In 2005 Blanchette and friends found that students performed better on a creativity test after moderate exercise. What’s more, the subjects were still buzzing with turbo-charged creative potential for up to two hours after working out.

Oh, and here’s a nifty bonus feature — another study from the Journal of Sports Medicine reported that those creative exercisers also felt happier.

Couch spuds everywhere are probably wondering how this can be so.

Well, let’s just say that your left brain is a talker — chatter, chatter, CHATTER all day long. She never lets your shy right-brain friend have a say in her own quiet and creative way. What’s more, most of us spend most of our time engaged in logical, linear thinking. You know — if this then that, point A to point B, etc. Well, that’s just the kind of thinking that Lefty LOVES! So, on and on and on she goes in her pushy, wordy way. But in order to get a little creative spark…

we need to SHUT HER UP!

Turns out, exercise is a little like left brain duct tape.

Of course it doesn't hurt that exercise increases the flow of oxygen to the brain. And pouring extra oxygen on the brain is like, well... pouring extra oxygen on the brain, if you know what I mean.

Some exciting new research is also suggesting that regular exercise can even lead to the birth of new neurons. Trust me, that is a REALLY good thing.

And how do you get all of these amazing benefits and bonus features?

Just 30 minutes of blood, sweat, and tears.

So get out there and run, skip, hula, hike, dance, bike, or jump to more than conclusions.

It doesn't matter how you shake it, just make sure you do.

Sweat it out like Tommy Ed and you, too, can have a life that’s chock-full of…

Light bulb moments.

PROMPT: Get your game on, dive right in, keep the ball (point pen) rolling, tackle that project, and you’re sure to hit a creative home run! Or… just stay on the couch, eat chips, and see how many sports metaphors you can pack into a piece.

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