It doesn't matter if you're walking on a treadmill or along the beach, it's the simple act of walking (not the location) that helps boost creativity, according to a 2014 study from Stanford University. To take a more scientific look at the Nietzsche quote that states "All truly great thoughts are conceived by walking," Marily Oppezzo and Daniel Schwartz conducted four experiments, testing participants on things like coming up with alternate uses for everyday items. In each case, individuals who were walking came up with ideas that were more "novel and appropriate" than participants who were seated. "The creative output increased by an average of 60 percent when the person was walking," according to a press release about the study.
Ever noticed that some of your most creative thinking is done while you're walking—whether it be to work or to a friend's house or even to your car? Well, research shows it's not all in your head.
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A study found that taking a walk can help boost creativity. 00:25
Sitting, however, helps to focus on a single thought or task. 01:25