I have been doing the same workout now for the past 10 years.
"How boring are you?" Is something I am often asked.
Well.... Very boring I guess.
And quite unintelligent as well - it would seem - because I still don't know the routine by heart.
I need to play the video every day and follow the instructor's moves and instructions for about 45 minutes.
But I make no attempt at change Or improvement.
I just ignore the insults and carry on...
Because I get some of my best ideas during my workout.
I would say - I am at my creative best when I workout.
I find amazing ways of explaining complicated concepts in medical science through the use of humorous examples from everyday life as I move.
And I use those examples in my parenting workshops, consultations, writing and videos to make parenting 'fun' instead of preachy.
I have always been curious about what goes on in my brain when I am repeating 10 year old moves with the help of explicit instructions.
And I have found a lot of research on the role of accustomed exercise in convergent thinking.
When you are fit enough for the exercise you are doing - when you don't really have to think about what you are going to do next - and when your busy mind is otherwise blank.
What you know from reading - from experiences - from conversations - from having fun...
All come together - converge and give you exactly what you need to express yourself.
In other words an alert mind that is not thinking is ideal for convergent thinking.
The neuroscience of creativity is fascinating.
I am speaking about it in a workshop this month.
What do you do that makes you creative?
Do share. I would love to know.
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