As if it wasn’t enough that regular exercise keeps your heart happy and body strong, Fast Company resurrects the ancient hypothesis guided by the great scholars, writers, thinkers of Grecian times that physical exercise and the consistent discipline of it actually plays a key role as ‘muse’ for creators, artists and inventors of all kinds.
The key take from the article is uncomfortably familiar:
The physical state of our bodies can either serve or subvert the quest to create genius. We all know this intuitively. But with rare exceptions, because life seems to value output over the humanity of the process and the ability to sustain genius, attention to health, fitness, and exercise almost always take a back seat. That’s tragic. Choosing art over health rather than art fueled by health kills you faster. It also makes the process so much more miserable and leads to poorer, slower, less innovative, and shallower creative output.
Then later, when you’re hunched over your Macbook for the third night in a row polishing that list bit of creative copy into submission, just remember your neighborhood wellness center with daily yoga classes starting at 6am.
Just sayin’, future Kerouac.
Pat Johnson, founder, Root Whole Body