Generally, in learning processes the connection of mind to body frameworks are easy to overlook, but some connections are vital to humans living healthy lives. These connections must be understood because the mind-body connection allows us to function especially in regards to learning. These two systems are not independent of each other when it comes to learning, they work together to help us pay attention, solve complex problems, and remember everything that’s taught to us. The mind-body connection are linked into how we learn.
Neuroscientists, educators, nutritionists, psychiatrists, geneticists, and yogis are examining the mind-body connection to figure out how we learn (Weiss, 2001). Learning is the
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Rigorous breathing and rapid movement has been proven to get good energy flowing clearing the mind. Activities such as sports, meditation, yoga, and physical exercise allows for mental clarity. When our mind is clear our brains will perform better in learning environments. This is because all these activities require great observation, communication, and mental rotation. Movement has also been proven to reverse the bodies stress levels. 30 minutes of exercise increases serotonin levels lowering the brains stress chemicals. Exercise also aids the brain in creating new brain cells further helping people to learn. The body will go through stress to allow the brain to grow. Movement’s connection to learning is linked by increased attention spans, better concentration skills, and more self-confidence. Researchers from Canada determined that exercise can improve the cognitive skills of seniors. When looking at this population they determined that the ones that exercised performed tremendously better on the tests that were given oppose to the sedentary group. Over a span of 5 years the seniors who did some kind of exercise which included cooking, gardening, and walking did not see a decline in cognitive function (Kotz, 2010).
Proper Nutrition allows the mind to remain sharp cognitively and emotionally. Taking care of the physical body by having a healthy diet feeds the brain as it is the hungriest organ in the body. The brain