Your tool kit
Walk it out
It doesn’t matter where you walk, just walk! A study conducted by Stanford University found that environment didn’t play a role; whether walking indoors on a treadmill or taking a stroll along the beach, the creative boost participants received was still huge. Those who walked scored higher on tests for ‘divergent thinking’.
Get your brain and body in sync
Use simple vision and balance exercises – opt for toe touch tests, or combine finger traces and single leg work. This gets the brain and body in sync – also referred to as neuromuscular control.
Focus on your core and joints
After warming up, focus on core strength. Choose plank reaches to challenge your concentration, breathing and stabilisation, which will help your brain focus and work hard in ways that simple stretches might not. Choose exercise moves that also focus on joint mobility, particularly at the ankles and shoulders.
Spend the end of the workout using heart rate monitors and testing intensities. There is plenty of research that shows BDNF is increased by larger margins when exercise intensity is increased. Leaving the cardio aspect for last gives you the opportunity to really push yourself during this portion of the workout, exhausting your body’s energy supply in the hopes of tapping in to your creativity.