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Walking for Thought

By Maha Broum, Ph.D.

Our world is now characterized by multitasking and distraction.

How can we deal with these two issues and develop our cognitive skills to solve problems, remember things and be creative?

Research has shown that moderate walking helps increase blood flow. It also helps neurotransmitters activity. Walking can also decrease stress hormones. Attention Restoration Theory (ART) suggests that walking in nature has restorative effects on the brain’s attentional system.

Stanford researchers (2014) found out that walking boosts creative inspiration. They eamined creativity levels of people while they walked versus while they sat and reached a conclusion that creativity increased by 60% when walking.

Aristotle, the known Greek philosopher, taught while walking.

William Wordsworth, the famous English poet saw the act of walking as “indivisible” from the act of writing poetry. Both were rhythmic, both employed meter. He needed to walk in order to write.

Bertrand Russel walked an hour every morning before writing.

Nietzsche walked hours every day.

For some of the greatest minds in history, walking was a way to clear the brain, prevent mental breakdown, extend life, solve problems, fully experience the world, beat insomnia, and find their purpose in life.

Walking takes your mind to a desired place, whether to think and focus on something, or to relax and rest the mind to recreate.

You can get your best ideas while walking.

To benefit from walking researchers suggest that you follow a steady pace and rhythm.

Steady walk allows a person to go deep in their thoughts and reach inner perspectives that were unknown to them.

You don’t need to put effort in thinking while walking. It just happens without cultivation. Why not turn a business or company meeting into a walking one?

Go and Enjoy a purposeful walk today!

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