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Walk it out

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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.

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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.

Lastly, car­dio

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