New studies are showing that in addition to its tremendous physical health benefits, including weight loss, cardiovascular health, and muscle toning, exercise also benefits the mind and emotional health. This comes in the form of reduced anxiety, better coping mechanisms, and even enhanced creativity. It's this last one that should come as a bit of a surprise, as previously exercise was not linked much to art production or creativity.
Now scientists and medical experts are saying that as little as thirty minutes of exercise can greatly enhance your creative powers. I've encountered the same truth in my life, to the point where I rely on physical exercise in order to jump start my creative powers. Here are a few exercise regimen that could work for you:
Hot yoga—I'm a big fan of hot yoga, specifically Bikram yoga, because it's a unique form of yoga that actually counts as a cardiovascular health regimen. It's rigorous, meditative, and I've even found myself coming with ideas for projects during class. If you're looking for a way to tone your muscles, oxygenate your body, flush new blood in your veins, and get your mind's circuitry electrifying itself, try out some hot yoga.
Midday session—Sometimes you don't have time for a full-blown exercise session but you still want and need the high that exercise affords. I found this great treadclimber that I use to squeeze in wonderful 30 minute exercise sessions that keep me primed for the rest of my day.
Morning walk—If you're like me and you love the morning air, taking a nice brisk walk when you first wake up is an excellent way to get those seratonin levels roaring and ready to go for the day. Even just a half hour can give you the workout you need for the rest of your day.
Everyone has their favorite form of exercise. If you don't, you're probably not exercising enough. The glory of exercise is that not only is it good for your body, it's good for your mind—emotionally and creatively. For artists struggling with their productivity levels, I can't recommend enough adhering to an exercise regimen that fits into your daily routine.
Not only should you feel your creative juices flowing more rapidly, you'll be increasing the likelihood that you're around on this Earthbeing creative for longer.