The science is clear. Not only can exercise work at least as well as antidepressants to improve moods, it improves people’s learning ability.
One recent study showed that participants learned vocabulary words 20% faster following exercise than they did before exercise. Another experiment revealed that adults’ cognitive flexibility improved after one 35- minute treadmill session at a moderate pace.
What Does This Mean for Trainers?
The best trainers acknowledge that adults learn better when they connect their heads to their bodies. So get your students moving! Use these three strategies:
1. Bring content alive by using relevant, engaging activities.
2. Periodically lead the class in some quick, stand-up stretching.
3. Take frequent breaks. (My preference is to take one 10-minute break every 60 to 75 minutes.)
Remember-we learn with our entire bodies. Don’t treat your students as if they are just “heads” alone!
Guila Muir is the premiere trainer of trainers, facilitators, and presenters on the West Coast of the United States. Since 1994, she has helped thousands of professionals improve their training, facilitation, and presentation skills. Find out how she can help transform you from a boring expert to a great trainer: www.guilamuir.com
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