How 'creativity sprints' can get your creative brain going

Need to kick-start your creativity? This technique can really help.

  • The best way to become more creative? Exercise your creativity like you would your body.
  • Set realistic expectations. Nobody is going to become the best immediately and write an amazing novel, or what have you, in a week.
  • Curiosity is the fuel that drives creativity. Pick a big goal and find out every small aspect about it to break it down.
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    • A recent study from the Department of Health and Human Services found that 80 percent of Americans don't exercise enough.
    • Small breaks from work add up, causing experts to recommend short doses of movement rather than waiting to do longer workouts.
    • Rethinking what exercise is can help you frame how you move throughout your day.
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    How to make time for exercise — even on your craziest days

    A new study shows choosing to be active is a lot of work for our brains. Here are some ways to make it easier.

    There's no shortage of science suggesting that exercise is good for your mental as well as your physical health — and yet for many of us, incorporating exercise into our daily routines remains a struggle. A new study, published in the journal Neuropsychologia, asks why. Shouldn't it be easier to take on a habit that is so good for us?

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    Need a philosophical pick me up? Why one French philosopher suggests a walk.

    Think walking is void of philosophy? Nietzsche and Gros are here to say you're wrong.

    People walk beside the Han river in Seoul. While this isn't quite what Gros has in mind, it is a start. (Photo by Ed JONES / AFP) (Photo credit should read ED JONES/AFP/Getty Images)
    • French philosopher Frederic Gros tells us that walking is a route to entirely being ourselves and experiencing the sublime.
    • He has a bias towards the wondering hikes of Nietzsche and Kerouac but has a place for urban strollers too.
    • His book reminds us that even something as mundane as walking can be a vital part of our lives when done for itself.
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    How exercise helps your gut bacteria

    Gut bacteria play an important role in how you feel and think and how well your body fights off disease. New research shows that exercise can give your gut bacteria a boost.

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    • Two studies from the University of Illinois show that gut bacteria can be changed by exercise alone.
    • Our understanding of how gut bacteria impacts our overall health is an emerging field, and this research sheds light on the many different ways exercise affects your body.
    • Exercising to improve your gut bacteria will prevent diseases and encourage brain health.
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