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Walk your way to creativity

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Walk your way to creativity

Creativity is an important ingredient for many jobs, yet workers and employers may be leaving money on the table—by way of the chair. Experiments conducted by researchers from Stanford found that people who were walking were more creative than people who were sitting, whether indoors or outdoors. Walking had enduring effects, such that creativity was also higher when sitting right after walking. Although walking improved creativity, it didn’t improve more routine problem-solving.

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