- “Our sensory systems work at their best when they’re moving about the world.” — Shane O’Mara
- “There is substantial data showing that walkers have lower rates of depression, too. And we know, says O’Mara, “from the scientific literature, that getting people to engage in physical activity before they engage in a creative act is very powerful.” — Shane O’Mara
- Theta brainwaves are activated during the course of movement. These assist in learning and memory.
- Amy notes that “The philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche memorably said that “only thoughts reached by walking have value.”
- “Essential brain-nourishing molecules are produced by aerobically demanding activity, too. You’ll get raised levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) which, writes O’Mara, ‘could be thought of as a kind of a molecular fertilizer produced within the brain because it supports structural remodeling and growth of synapses after learning … BDNF increases resilience to aging, and damage caused by trauma or infection.’”
- “Then there’s vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), which helps to grow the network of blood vessels carrying oxygen and nutrients to brain cells.” — Amy Fleming
In the world of remote work, “breaks” are most likely short trips to the kitchen, bathroom, or social media/Youtube distractions spent in the same spot as work. Replacing these breaks with walking breaks is not only better for your health, but also the work that awaits you after your rejuvenating stroll.
Share (if you're an OG) Twitter Facebook