According to a Stanford University study, just the simple act of taking a walk may help you to think in a different way that you were before.
“Walking opens up the free flow of ideas, and it is a simple and robust solution to the goals of increasing creativity and increasing physical activity,” authors Marily Oppezzo and Daniel L. Schwartz explain. Therefore, “when there is a premium on generating new ideas in the workday, it should be beneficial to incorporate walks.”
So get your butt out of your chair and get some steps in. When you get back to your desk, the assignment may seem a whole lot easier. Plus, that extra activity may help you win the office Fitbit competition.
And if it’s cold outside or simply not ideal to be walking around outside, that’s OK. While being outdoors does have its own benefits, the researchers found that walking around indoors was just as helpful as taking a few laps around the block.