Want to be a genius? Exercise to boost your creativity!
January 4, 2012 Leave a comment
A few months back, a colleague (@goodoldmj), forwarded me a great article from the magazine Fast Company on how exercise can increase creativity levels. I think this message should be shared with ALL students and teachers, regardless of their enthusiasm for PE. For those students who view PE as their favourite subject, but possibly struggle with engagement in the classroom, this could be a great message to stimlate progression and enthusiasm in the more ‘academic’ subjects.
At the other end of the spectrum, with the students who possibly view PE as an unwelcome interruption to their school day, you could share the information in the article to increase activity levels. This, coupled with a carefully planned personalised PE curriculum, can promote a healthy and active lifestyle.
Here is an excerpt of an interview with the writer Haruki Murakami included in the article:
”When I’m in writing mode for a novel, I get up at 4:00 a.m. and work for five to six hours. In the afternoon, I run for ten kilometers or swim for fifteen hundred meters (or do both), then I read a bit, and listen to some music. I go to bed at 9:00 p.m. I keep to this routine every day without variation. The repetition itself becomes the important thing; it’s a form of mesmerism. I mesmerize myself to reach a deeper state of mind. But to hold to such repetition for so long–six months to a year–requires a good amount of mental and physical strength. In that sense, writing a long novel is like survival training. Physical strength is as necessary as artistic sensitivity”.
Maybe an extreme example, but you get the point!
Finally, from a scientific point of few:
”As Dr. John Ratey noted in his seminal work Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain (2008), exercise isn’t just about physical health and appearance. It also has a profound effect on your brain chemistry, physiology, and neuroplasticity (the ability of the brain to literally rewire itself). It affects not only your ability to think, create, and solve, but your mood and ability to lean into uncertainty, risk, judgment, and anxiety in a substantial, measurable way..”
So, the message is clear; find a suitable form of exercise, whether it’s competitive, a fitness class or pounding the streets of your local town to find your creative genius – the sooner the better, no excuses people!
Here’s the link: Fast Company: Creativity & Exercise