Many of us exercise and lead a healthy lifestyle to lose weight, and although changing our physical appearance is the drive for many of us, there is a wealth of other benefits for us to realize. For example, it can improve our mental health, better our immune systems and even increase our sociability as we engage with others at the gym or playing sports. However, one of the biggest perks for leading a fit and healthy lifestyle is that it can spur your creativity. Continue reading to find out how to increase your creativeness through exercise and healthy eating.
Walking vs. Sitting
Sitting still, or staring at a computer screen or notepad, does nothing for our creative thinking. Many writers and artists are familiar with this problem; however, the cure is simple. Get outside, or even mount your treadmill, and start pacing. Fresh air can clear your head, and movement stimulates your brain, allowing new thoughts to manifest themselves. Therefore, the next time you’re in desperate need of some creative brainstorming, head outside and walk awhile, or go for a run instead. It’s also been proven that creativity continues to flow, even after you’re sat back down to take note of what you came up with.
Complex vs. Simple Carbohydrates
Carbohydrates can be confusing, and many of us believe all carbs are bad for us. However, this is further from the truth. Although you will still want to avoid simple carbohydrates (refined sugars and flours), complex carbs can provide the brain with a steady stream of glucose that’ll aid creativity. They also take longer to break down, and are better regulated throughout the body than their simple carb counterparts. Therefore, start your morning with a bowl of oatmeal, swap white rice for brown and eat whole grain bread instead of white. Simple carbohydrates will make you tired and sluggish; you need your brain to remain energised if you wish to spur your creativity.
Alcoholic vs. Non-Alcoholic
Alcohol should always be consumed safely, and in small quantities, however, alcohol is not completely bad for you. In fact, moderate alcohol consumption can pose some health benefits, such as a reduced risk of developing heart disease or having a stroke, as well as the possible risk of diabetes. Studies have also shown that there’s a relationship between alcohol and the ‘aha!’ moment. People found that with the help of alcohol, they became more creative; there’s also a link between marijuana and creativity, as it’s suggested that (depending on the dose and strain) it can change the way your brain operates. Check out this cannabis directory for more information. With alcohol proven to improve creativity, then no wonder the likes of Ernest Hemingway were so successful!
Dark Chocolate vs. Milk Chocolate
Indulging in too much food can make us become sluggish, however, we all get a sweet tooth from time to time. Rather than trying to avoid it, and end up binging in the ‘wrong food,’ trade in your milk chocolate cravings for dark instead. Dark chocolate is the healthier option in general, but the nutrient flavanols increase blood flow to the brain and contains a low amount of caffeine and magnesium. This helps decrease stress while releasing serotonin and endorphins.