Literally rev up your creativity. One study found that regular exercisers performed better on creative tasks during physical activity (cycling, in this case) than those who didn’t exercise regularly—and that performance improved the more intense the physical activity. The findings also showed that for nonexercisers, activity did not necessarily enhance creative thinking (the researchers suspect their energy instead was being depleted in the physical exertion).
The takeaway? If you do make working out routine, you’re probably more likely to find the switch to that mental light bulb on a jog or by sweating it out at the gym than by chaining yourself to your desk.