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Question:

My brain is stuck in a rut. Suggestions?

Answer:

Of course – I always have suggestions!

Physical activity improves cognitive function (1) and mood (2) – we’ve known that for a long time. New York Times writer Gretchen Reynolds recently wrote about a study (3) that shows that exercise also independently increases creative thinking.

So if you think you don’t have time to exercise, think again. You’ll not be just physically and mentally healthier, but your increased creativity may allow you to be more effective and efficient with your time.

 

References

(1)Chan WC, Lee ATC, Lam LCW. Exercise for the prevention and treatment of neurocognitive disorders: new evidence and clinical recommendations. Curr Opin Psychiatry. 2021 Mar 1;34(2):136-141. doi: 10.1097/YCO.0000000000000678. PMID: 33470667.

(2)Choi KW, Chen CY, Stein MB, Klimentidis YC, Wang MJ, Koenen KC, Smoller JW; Major Depressive Disorder Working Group of the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium. Assessment of Bidirectional Relationships Between Physical Activity and Depression Among Adults: A 2-Sample Mendelian Randomization Study. JAMA Psychiatry. 2019 Apr 1;76(4):399-408. doi: 10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2018.4175. PMID: 30673066; PMCID: PMC6450288.

(3)Rominger C, Fink A, Weber B, Papousek I, Schwerdtfeger AR. Everyday bodily movement is associated with creativity independently from active positive affect: a Bayesian mediation analysis approach. Sci Rep. 2020 Jul 20;10(1):11985. doi: 10.1038/s41598-020-68632-9. PMID: 32686709; PMCID: PMC7371881.