Zero hour was started by an instructor named Phil Lawler at Naperville central high. The idea was to improve the fitness of his students by getting them to sign up for some physical conditioning before their first period. The results were remarkable. Test scores improved, incidents of misbehavior declined.
Science has now shown that engaging in exercise in the morning actually grows brain cells. then learning something after exercises causes those brain cells to begin to make connections thus improving cognitive ability. Exercise is great on it’s own, but it’s also been shown that if the new cells aren’t incorporated into the network of cells through learning, they die off in a matter of weeks.
My take away here is, try finding a way to incorporate a zero hour in your day – then spend even a couple minutes learning something. I tend to run while listening to a podcast, but when I get back I break out DuoLingo for a couple of lessons. Give it a try and see what you think!