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!
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I know there are times I feel more effective at learning that others. Learning to me is something that happens in much the same way healing happens.
If you create the right environment, and get out of the way, it happens automatically.
So, how do we go about creating this environment? I think it starts with the inner game, our food our fitness and our thoughts. They are all inter-related, you can’t focus on one without focusing on the other two at the same time.
You need to eat right to have the energy to work out, you need to work out to feel good, and you need to feel good to eat right and workout.
I am recommending starting with Fish Oil. Do some of your own research, leave comments as to the best kind.
The benefits are numerous, stress relief, depression relief, helps with inflammation, and more. Spend 10 minutes researching this, then order some fish oil.
Try it for 30 days, keep a journal and see how this works for you.
So what should we learn together first? I suppose in order to figure out where we are going, we should figure out where I’ve been.
I’m a website developer, working for a non-profit that specializes in teaching educators best practices in online teaching. I have always had a passion for learning and technology, so you could say I’ve found my dream job.
I also love learning with people – you can learn so much more, and get more encouragement (and accountability) when you learn with others. I am very curious by nature, and enjoy studying a large number of subjects.
I don’t expect you to find everything that I am interested in interesting, and that’s ok, but I do think you will find yourself entertained as we learn more about how the world works together.