In addition to being good for your physical health, walking is scientifically proven to make you smarter and more creative. A recent Stanford study proved that walking boosted creativity, increasing the walker’s creative output by as much as 60%!
There is a very good evolutionary explanation for this; during the Pleistocene era, we mostly lived and worked within our own tribe. Moving beyond our tribe – say, visiting an enemy or even an ally – entailed significant risk and exposure. Back in the Pleistocene, we couldn’t hop on a bus or even a horse to get from point A to point B. We walked.
Since leaving the security of familiar land and people was dangerous, it makes evolutionary sense that we would ‘get smarter’ and more creative as we walked from point A to B. The boost in creativity must have been an evolutionary adaptation to help us survive in a potentially hostile new environment.
Hunters, warriors, emissaries, and anyone who left the security of familiar lands and people benefited from such an increase in creativity and intelligence.
Want to get smarter? Go for a walk!