Welcome to part two of ways to boost your creativity – taking care of yourself to inspire creativity.

Out Riding my Bike
A bike ride on my favorite path near my home.

Ready, Set, Jump! Literally, go jump.

This is one of the hardest for me – getting enough exercise. Your brain is a muscle, and it connects your whole body. If your body does not get worked out, it creates weakness. I’m not saying one needs to be fit – I am far from it (though I’m working towards it), but there is a correlation between creativity and fitness.

After a good workout, my creativity and general focus are raised for several days. If I’m struggling with a project or not thinking clearly, then a good workout is in order. CrossFit may not be your thing, but a walk in your local park is a great way to boost your thinking power. If you have a dog take a thirty-minute walk both you and your dog will love it.

Food is another powerful force in how creative you are. If you feed your body junk, you are not getting your brain’s nutrition to function correctly. Once again, this is not an all-in thing. Just eat some veggies or salad every now and then. Cut back on fast food and pack a healthier lunch. Chose to cook at home a few times a week instead of going out to eat. If you do go out to eat, look for the option with grilled chicken and veggies. I’ve been making small changes and can attest to how much better I feel. I’ve lost 10 pounds without much effort, and I’m hoping to get that number up, but my creativity is up even better. My actual productivity is up as well. I get a new project and have ideas of how to tackle it for the best results.

A few of my favorite workout resources

  • Apple Watch – I love the features of the Apple watch. I don’t use most of the other features, but something about finishing those rings keeps me motivated.
  • Bike – I recently got a bike and have been enjoying short rides several times a week.
  • Apple Fitness+ – When it’s too hot or cold or wet, I try to do a yoga workout. They are adding pilates which I’m very excited about.
  • Feet – you don’t need anything fancy to start a health journey. Just start by moving your feet more than you did yesterday.

Moving your body is one of the best ways I have found to help me think clearer. As a bonus, the more I move, the more I want to move. Even pulling my biking shorts out of the dryer makes me want to go for a ride. So get moving, and your brain will thank you.