WALK­ING IM­PROVES CRE­ATIV­ITY

Healthy Woman - - HEALTHYLIFE GET IN SHAPE -

Steve Jobs held im­por­tant dis­cus­sions while walk­ing. Mark Zucker­berg is said to also hold walk­ing meet­ings. Var­i­ous doc­u­ments show that Aris­to­tle had the habit of walk­ing while lec­tur­ing. Peter Tchaikovsky, the leg­endary Rus­sian com­poser, be­lieved in tak­ing a walk for two hours a day – no more, no less. Did all th­ese great minds think up their best ideas while walk­ing? Maybe. Re­searchers from Stan­ford Univer­sity con­firm that walk­ing boosts cre­ativ­ity.

A study by psy­chol­o­gists from the Univer­sity of Cal­i­for­nia show that telling a 10-year-old girl that she is too fat will likely lead her to be­ing obese by the time she is 19. The re­searchers ex­am­ined African-amer­i­can and white girls liv­ing in North­ern Cal­i­for­nia. Girls who were called “too fat” were more likely to be obese, and the like­li­hood in­creased de­pend­ing on the num­ber of peo­ple who called each girl fat. The stigma around body weight in­creases stress, which nor­mally leads to overeat­ing.

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