There endorphins that help you to feel better that get released during your exercising sessions. These endorphins also aid you in better concentration and being more mentally sharp for whatever the day may bring your way.
Additionally, constant and regular exercise will help to regulate your sleep patterns, which in turn allows for more dreaming to take place and for a more well rested you.
If you’ve ever watched a creative person in the moment, they will often times use varying physical gestures to overcome different mental blocks they may face.
Here is a study done by The Frontiers in Human Neuroscience going more in depth on the matter for those who like to read the article in its entirety.
But here is the cliff notes version of everything.
The study goes on to talk about the association that exercise seemed to have in correlation with a person’s convergent and divergent thinking.
Convergent thinking is the process of thinking of one single solution for a problem. The name suggests as such though, converging into one solution for a particular issue or problem.
Divergent thinking is the process of thinking of multiple solutions for one single problem. Similarly, the name suggests as such...diverging to different solutions for a problem or issue that has come about.
A researcher in the study stated that exercise on a regular basis may act as a cognitive enhancer promoting creativity in expensive and healthy ways.
In order to test the theory of this connection between exercise and creativity, what the researchers did was to have 96 participants (48 who exercised regularly and 48 who did not, half female and half male of the lots) to all take part in a creativity test. The first part of the test was to test their divergent thinking by asking the participants to think of as many uses for a pen as they could possibly could and write them all down. The second part of the test was to check out their convergent thought process, by asking them to figure out what word linked together to 3 other words. (the word “long” links together “time”, “hair”, and “stretch”).
The results that they found were that the half of the participants who performed exercises on a more regular basis did better on the second task scored higher than those who did not regularly exercise.