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Boxing Day Walk

As you are tidying up the boxes from Christmas day (no doubt some of them emblazoned with the Apple logo), you may be deciding whether to go for a traditional Boxing Day walk. It may sway your decision if you know that Steve Jobs was a great believer that a long walk was the best way to spark his ideas.

Jobs was not alone among successful individuals in indulging in the long walk as a form of mental exercise. Another advocate was American founding father, Thomas Jefferson who said that “The object of walking is to relax the mind. You should therefore not permit yourself even to think while you walk but divert your attention by the objects surrounding you.”

Walking lowers blood pressure and disengages the mind from fixating on problems, allowing for more free association - also known as being creative. A study by Stanford University in 2014 found that a long walk would boost creativity by 60%. It found that 100% of those who walked outside could create at least one novel analogy when given a prompt, compared to just 50% of those seated indoors.

As this blog is written prior to Boxing Day, it may be bereft of too much creativity or a novel analogy. No doubt, a long walk will trigger thoughts of the freedom of having more time to spend on exercise or being with family. If your thoughts start to stray into when you will be able to retire, you may be pleased to know that TPAS will be open tomorrow and Friday and will be pleased to chat to you about your pensions.

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