Can exercise fuel creativity?

cre·a·tiv·i·ty/ˌkrēāˈtivədē/Learn to pronouncenoun

  1. the use of the imagination or original ideas, especially in the production of an artistic work. synonyms:inventiveness, imagination, imaginativeness, innovation, innovativeness, originality, individuality; 

I smiled when I saw this chalkboard outside a local pub this week because I fricken love the culture where I live. We embrace the outdoor lifestyle, we are kind and the beer is really, really good. Then I thought about these worn out, sweaty, thirsty PCT (Pacific Crest Trail) hikers and how nice it would be to enjoy a free cider and donuts. That made me think about how much guts it takes to set off of a massive hike (usually alone) like this and I started to compare this to that of an artist and how we are similar in some ways. My best thinking is done on nature walks (even walking my dog). I can clear my mind and really think, mentally create and even organize my thoughts. It’s magical. I wonder how many long-distance hikers or endurance runners (people who spend long periods of time alone in their thoughts) have their creativity ignited after their physical exercise. It can stimulate and refresh you to energize your body. Perhaps more artists would benefit from some combination of solitude outdoors followed by time to execute whatever creative idea they pondered while exercising.

I had a back injury this spring that has kept me down for months. The only thing I can do (without risking further injury) is hike. In fact, it helps my back and makes me feel great. As I am recovering and working out more, I will continue to blog and see how this affects (hopefully improves) my creative process…maybe we should all give it a try? Can’t hurt to get outside a little more and detox our souls to unleash our creative selves.

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