A new reason to walk (for creative people!)

I thought I knew all of the reasons that walking is good for you. I even wrote an article about it in 2004. It’s good for overall well-being, and beneficial for medical conditions like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, depression, arthritis, chronic fatigue, diabetes, and osteoporosis.

But now I see in this New York Times article that it’s also good for your creativity! I do find myself thinking about new ideas after I walk, although much of that is a natural outgrowth of conversation with my walking partners.

When I used to walk alone, it was also a good time for me to think. I like having that pocket of time, without distractions like screen and fridge.

Now I wonder if it’s having an effect on my writing. Hard to tell, because I’ve been walking regularly for several years. But I like to think so 🙂



Walking after working

One thing about losing your job is that you don’t know where you’ll be or what you’ll be doing six months or a year down the road.

A month after my last day, I’m doing well, despite the uncertainty.

Part of the reason, I think, is that I start my day the same way I did when I was working. Walking in the morning with friends is enjoyable, and a boon to my physical and mental health.

I started walking for exercise at least ten years ago, after my doctor suggested it as a way to address low levels of good cholesterol that showed up in a routine blood test. After four months of walking five times a week, my good cholesterol was back to normal, and my overall cholesterol results were also better. Even my bone density improved that first year. Walking soon became my preferred form of exercise.

The feeling that I’m starting my day right makes it easier to focus on whatever I’m doing afterward, like posting to my blog three days a week, networking, and taking the next steps on my career path.

I may not know what I’m doing in six months, but I know what’s on my agenda tomorrow and the next day.