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Active people come up with more and better ideas.


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Andrew Keller

Every morning Larry and I dig into a form or idea that has caught our eye. Our hope is that our chat inspires you to never stop thinking and possibly challenges you in a new way. If you'd like to help support the show, please visit patreon.com slash reposted. Thank you for stopping by.


Larry

Turns out Mr. Keller, if you want to be creative, all you have to do is go on a little jaunt New York Times article recently talking about a study from the University of Graz in Austria that finds that active people come up with more and better ideas during tests of their inventiveness than people who are relatively sedentary. And it suggests that we wish to be more innovative. We might also want to be movers and shakers. Many studies in people and animals show that our brains change in response to physical activity, in part because during exercise, we marinate our brains with extra blood, oxygen and nutrients, they break it down to all you got to do is go on a walk, and you'll be more creative. Yeah,


Andrew Keller

I mean, this the science part of it, I guess makes sense. And you're gonna have to have a science to back up claims like that. But to me, the the most obvious thing is, if you're sedentary, you're going to be within the confines of your house or apartment, van, like wherever you live. And if you're being active, you're going to be stimulated by different things that like you wouldn't be otherwise. Like, if I go on a walk, I'm going to see people walking, I'm just going to have different experiences. I think that's the most basic way to be able to think of it too.


Larry

You know, before the lockdown, you were very involved in the improv scene. Do you think when you guys are like writing or putting something together? Are people active? Are you in this room just kicking? Like Saturday Night Live? Are they in the writers room? Are they walking on a treadmill? What's their deal?


Andrew Keller

I think, I don't really know. But from what I've heard of Saturn at live is they do a lot of it in in the room. And they're kind of in the confines of 30 rock. But I think being on your feet being more active. I guess a lot of times improv kind of was born or is it used as a tool to write sketch? And so you improvise something and you're like, oh, that was funny. Let's rewrite it. So let's get on its feet. I did writing live at the Groundlings. And the way that works is you get a prompt, you have five minutes to write an idea. And then you get up and you improvise it and you kind of see what works and what doesn't. And then and then you write it. So this is not really exercising, but it's getting it's on its feet and it's getting it more active to be able to deal with it rather than just kind of thinking about it more cerebrally


Larry

is there is there a chance that Steven Spielberg wrote jaws are at while he was on a walk around the neighborhood? No, he had a standing desk


Andrew Keller

and he was walking on his treadmill. I mean, I read this. And I also thought of every single article, I read about the morning routines of CEOs, I'd say 85% of CEOs start their day with some form of exercise and whether or not the CEO has to be creative. They're a successful person. And like, maybe not a traditional creative sense. But like, it's a good thing to be doing in general.


Larry

You know, I started doing yoga maybe a couple of years ago or so. And the yoga studio that I go to was just the one around the blocks. I didn't know anything about him. So I went in, and they're really big on headstands. They just like every session always end with a headstand, I understand why. And eventually, I got the courage to ask the teacher, she was like, they just really firmly believe that you have to let that ox the blood flow down to your head. Like they they By the way, this is from India 1000s of years ago, they believe this, that it really matters that you're pushing blood to your head. And I feel like that's we're kind of talking about with with walking.


Andrew Keller

Yeah, can you do a headstand,


Larry

I cannot do a handstand. They have all sorts of ways for beginners, like I can like lean up against the wall, right? They have a special thing where I could kind of Yeah, so there's all sorts of ways do. I actually in my little meditation practice, spend some time like just leaned over for a couple of minutes every day so that I now kind of forced the blood down to my head.


Andrew Keller

That's interesting that you brought up yoga because I was doing yoga for a while before the lockdown. And I would always just feel very relaxed after yoga was over. I didn't feel like I needed to write something or be creative. So that's interesting that you might not feel the immediate effects of being of being creative after exercising, but like law, just, I guess it's trust the process. It's kind of like the 70 sixers? Well,


Larry

it's funny you say that because once again, I thought of the British rapper, who does the improv rapping that we had on Krista and I always forget his name. And he was saying once again, if you just relax your mind, you Your mind will find the answers for you. Like if you're trying to do an improvisational wrap, don't think of the answer. Let the answer come and I think that's kind of what exercising or walking like like you just said you relax your mind enough. Let it kind of gravitate where it needs to go. Yeah,


Andrew Keller

I mean, I guess this is a little woo woo or whatever. But you have to understand that your body hopefully, if you buy into the thought that your body can hold on to stress and hold on to things, like it's just gonna sit there. And so being active can release that. And that's going to free up your body to be able to or your mind to be able to think about other things rather than, oh, my knee hurts or my back is tight. It's just a balanced body is is an easy thing to talk about. But people don't necessarily want to do the steps necessary to achieve that,


Larry

you know, the other thing for me that I've actually really got a bit practicing is just like perspective, like when I'm grinding on something, and it's not working, literally just sitting on the other side of the room, kind of helps my brain get a different just ci or vibe. And I just assume that like going outside my house is gonna give me a different vibe than sitting in my house. And so going on a walk around the, you know, gives me a different view altogether. And my brain didn't perspective. So I don't know if that's related to walking and exercise, but it just gives my brain a different perspective.


Andrew Keller

It's something also that was interesting about this article or this study was that the the more rigorous the activity was like it kind of went up like people that would do light walks, might be a little bit more creative, but the more intense exercise that people do, it kind of made them you're happier, you're happier, you're more creative, all those great things.


Larry

I do feel like we talked about walking at least once every other week. We have like a walking segment.


Andrew Keller

Mm hmm. Yeah, I like to walk.


Unknown Speaker

I like to walk to


Andrew Keller

Well, I have to go exercise my legs today, his quads and calves. So if you want to reach out, please do you can find us at reposted podcast, on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. I'm Andrew Keller for no sign saying thanks for stopping by.



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