New research shows that movement may be the secret to creativity. 

According to Psychotherapist Dr. Bryan Robinson, regular exercise changes the molecular building blocks in our bodies and slows aging brain cells. 

“One year of exercise gives a seventy-year-old writer the brain connectivity of a thirty-year-old scribe,” he writes. He goes on to list additional benefits including planning, multitasking, and adaptability. 

Dr. Robinson’s research builds upon years of data showing a direct link between our physical selves and our creative minds. 

The combination of movement and creativity isn’t a new idea. 

Over a century ago, famous philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche offered up this advice: “Sit as little as possible. Do not believe any idea that was not born in the open air and of free movement—in which the muscles do not also revel.”

But, the more we learn about our brains, the more it becomes clear: exercise is essential for our brains. 

Want to get into the habit of exercise but the gym isn’t for you? We got you covered. Here are 4 creative ways to add some movement into your day.