Not all learning is in books. It is also important to learn about our physical world and ourselves. On Global Learn Day 2108, our presenter, Anita Morin, taught the world about the importance of women’s health care and healthier options for women world wide.
Caring for ourselves is a lesson that extends far beyond simple biology class. It impacts our health, our family, and our community. By teaching women how to understand what their bodies are telling them, people like Anita Morin are making a difference in our world.
We are getting really excited about Global Learn Day 2018. Presenters and partners are joining our voyage and over the next few months we will be introducing them to you. If you would like to be more involved with our journey of discovery, you can sign up here!
It is a great pleasure to introduce our first presenter to you. Katie Corbett is a Certified Health and Wellness Coach and Certified Health Education Specialist with a Masters Degree in Community Health Education who lives in eastern Pennsylvania with her family.
Katie and her husband, Chris, are busy raising and homeschooling seven children, but she still makes time in her day for delicious food, exercise, and a healthy lifestyle.
As part of her journey to finding better health, Katie returned to school to learn more about nutrition and wellness. She discovered ways to live a healthy lifestyle without being on a restrictive diet and wanted to help others do the same. Her company, Health, Wellness, and Chocolate is changing the lives of women struggling to meet their health goals.
The blog Health, Wellness, and Chocolate is a treasure trove for anyone seeking to learn how to stop dieting but gain control of their weight. From guides on how to survive the holidays in a healthy way to how to fit in exercise even with a packed schedule and little kids; this blog has something for everyone.
In addition to the blog, Katie can be found on Pinterest where she curates pins on easy workouts (like turning laundry day into a work out) and delicious recipes.
Speaking of delicious recipes, Katie recently released her first e-book Stop Dieting and Have Peace with Food that has an absolutely delicious looking front cover.
Katie brings a wealth of knowledge and a warm, teaching spirit to Global Learn Day and we are so happy to have her on board. She will be guest blogging in the coming months so please keep an eye out for that. Katie will also be one of the “ports of call” for Global Learn Day 2018 on October 6-7.
Would you like to join our crew? We would love to have you along!
What gets your heart pumping? A sprint in the early morning dew? The latest thriller from your favorite author? Tackling an impossible puzzle? Turns out getting your heart pumping can also build your brain!
So move over couch potato book worm, if you really want to build your intellect, start building you muscles!
Like your muscles, your brain needs to be stretched to stay in top form and to grow. Reading, learning something new, practicing a skill, and playing intellectual games all help to stimulate your brain and make new connections.
Neuron pathways and synapse connections are how your brain builds and stays elastic. Keeping it healthy and strong.
The Workout Brain Connection
Your brain does not just need intellectual stimulation, it also thrives on physical activity. Our brains are ever growing and changing. Exercise induces the most critical part of this process, neurogenesis or the creation of neuron stem cells.
Guess what? Neurons do grow back — by the thousands — through a process called neurogenesis. They divide and propagate like cells in the rest of the body. Neurons are born as blank-slate stem cells, and they go through a developmental process in which they need to find something to do in order to survive. Most of them don’t. It takes about 28 days for a fledgling cell to plug into a network. If we don’t use the newborn neurons, we lose them. Exercise spawns neurons, and the environmental enrichment helps those cells survive. (source)
In addition to the creation of neuron stem cells, physical exercise increases the flow of oxygen to the brain, aiding brain function. Along with oxygen, hormone levels that govern various facets of brain development increase, while stress hormones decrease. Both facilitating brain growth and positive emotional development.
That’s not all! The exercise brain connection also fuels corrective processes that actually heal the brain. All of this is good news, it means our brains do not have to simply wither as we age, and brain damage has hope of repair through mental exercises and physical therapy.
What Exercises Are Best?
Ready to exercise your way to a healthier, smarter you? You may be wondering which exercises are best. Basically, if it is good for your heart, it will also be good for your brain.
Aerobic exercises, especially because of the increased oxygen in take, are a great place to start. These are easy to do and usually require no special equipment. Walking, running, swimming, and biking are examples of common aerobic exercises.
Kick your brain workout up a notch by choosing exercises that cross the mid-line of your body. Cross lateral activity gets both sides of the brain communicating, stimulating greater growth and stronger connections. These exercises can be as simple as touching your left hand to your right toe. A series of cross lateral stretches in the morning will have your brain awake and ready to learn something new.
Never Stop Growing, Just Keep Learning
At Global Learn Day, we celebrate the gift of learning at all ages, and promote life long learning as a foundational habit for everyone. As One Planet, One People lets support each others’ brain quest by providing encouragement and resources to keep our bodies and minds fit!