Perhaps not endorphins directly (or maybe they do, can someone who knows fill me in?), but feeling good and happy certainly leads to me feeling more creative. I feel on top of the world after I’ve done a great workout. I feel like a regular badass, I feel full of energy and determination and like I could open a can of whoopass on just about anyone (this could also be the beginning of a big head or a bit of cockiness on my behalf!)
On Friday morning, I rocked up at the gym to meet my Personal Trainer. He’s a few years younger (ok, ok, 7 years!) than me and is built like nobody’s business. He’s competed and broken records in powerlifting competitons and bodybuilding competitons here in Aus. Crazy awesome in my books! Anyway, I rocked up on Friday morning to my second ever session with Jez, and he took me outside, strapped me to a SUV tyre, threw a 10kg (22lb) plate on top and got me to drag it around the gravel car park!
Aside from having to dodge cars trying to actually park their cars in the gravel carpark (pish, the nerve of some people) it was a fantastic workout for my glutes and quads. I finished up after two lengths up and back going forward and then two lengths up and back going backwards.
After the rest of my work out (which I’m happy to share. If you guys are actually interested in this… let me know) I was positively bouncing off the walls. My energy levels were high, I was smiling I was full of beans. My creativity was bursting at the seams and all I wanted to do was sit down and nut out the rest of my novel.
Work happened and that quickly stifled my creativity, but I did capture some great ideas and further processed various plot points and character growth.
Do you find you’re more creative after working out? Shopping? Sleeping? What works for you and what doesn’t when it comes to capturing that creativity?