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Definition

Combining two things that are good for you - walking and being outside - is easy to do and can be hugely beneficial for your creativity and psychological & physical well-being.

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How to Do It

Walk outside on a regular basis, at any speed you’d like (faster walks are better for fitness). Each walk should be at least 20 minutes long - or thereabouts. To get the most out of being outside, walks should occur within natural features like parks, forests or merely a few trees planted along an avenue. In general though, greener is better.

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Benefits

  • May boost creativity
  • May improve mood and stress management ability
  • Brisk walks can reduce the risk of heart disease
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Time Commitment

At least 20 minutes a day

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Why it works

  • Literally wandering around can make your mind wander too. And this helps the creative process. Counter-intuitively, being distracted by irrelevant trains of thought can increase the frequency of idea generation and improve creative reasoning.
  • Being near natural, green, features provides a setting for separation from the demands of the modern world. This improves mental health by giving your mind a change of pace.
  • In terms of physical health, the activity involved in walking is far better than being sedentary. It can develop muscles and burns calories.
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Suggested Frequency

Daily

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Side Effects

Scientists have identified no risks associated with walking outside. However, walking in dangerous areas during dark hours is not advised.

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Gurus/Celebrities/Doing it

Julia Roberts

Bethenny Frankel

Katherine Heigl

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Category Health/Productivity/Mood:

  • Health
  • Productivity
  • Mood
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Suggested Time of Day

Ideally you want to be outside when it’s daylight as there are benefits of sun exposure. But avoid dangerous sun Between 11am and 3 pm. So best times are 8am to 11am and 4pm to 7pm. 

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Notes

  • A walk outside can replace a journey you’d usually take in a car or public transport. Why not save some money while you improve your well-being?
  • Walking inside (on a treadmill, for example) can also boost creativity. Walking outside is more beneficial but if the weather is terrible, staying inside is a good alternative. Having a view of a green environment, like a park, while walking inside would be optimal.
  • Morning times can be great for a walk to calm and focus your mind and get some good sun exposure. 

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 Mood  Confidence  Stress  Health  AntiAging  Sleep  Digestion  Immunity  Fitness  Energy  Productivity  Creativity  Sharpness
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