Over 80% of students do not get a healthy amount of required exercise daily through gym classes and daily activities. Kids are trapped inside today by the stranglehold of technology preventing movement, sunshine (vitamin D), human interaction, and many other contributing factors to poor mental health. Kids rather play with their friends creating Roblox communities or playing other online interactive games like Among Us. As their parents instead let that the tech be their babysitter, as the parent most likely is spending more time on their devices, taking pictures of the moment instead of living in those moments.
Technology like smartphones, tablets, computers and other sources that connect a kid to the internet is as addictive and has similar neurological effects like crack cocaine. The technology that should be inspiring their imagination and can, if used correctly, instead is killing their dreams and creativity. Steve Jobs biographer wrote he only allowed his kids on an iPhone for 30 minutes a day and never on weekends.
Two people on the board of Facebook admitted to being apart of multiple meetings before Facebook was released to the public. The sessions were about how this technology is about to change how people communicate. Those two board members quit immediately and could not continue to work for Facebook based on their belief in how unethical and immoral, such technology is. I give as much credit to Mark Zuckerberg for creating Facebook as I do to Thomas Edison for creating the lightbuHere is how two schools, one in Canada and one in the United States, implemented mandatory exercise and its short and long-term effects.
25 years ago, Naperville Central High near Chicago implemented a program for students who did 45 minutes of rigorous exercise the first thing in the morning. Students must wear heart monitors and keep their heart rate maximum between 65 and 75% for 20 minutes. They have also incorporated learning in the classrooms that involve a lot of movement and interaction amongst other students. A school in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, implemented a similar program, which was started by a teacher who would make her students run on a treadmill with a heart monitor with their heartrate max staying between 65 – 75% for at least 20 minutes. It worked so well the first year other grades and teachers started to do it as well.
One of the most essential things in the brain when doing continuous rigorous exercise is releasing nerve growth factors, especially BDMF, in the brain’s hippocampus. BDMF acts as a fertilizer on the hippocampus and other parts of the brain. It helps preserve and make brain cells stronger, helps the brain sustain stress, amongst other factors. Exercise creates neurogenesis, which is the growth of new brain cells. Doing exercise first thing in the morning wakes up the frontal lobe, which is responsible for impulse. Impulse is the number one factor in managing behaviour in classrooms.
“I am not here to build a business; I am not here to build a corporation; Not here to build Schools; I am not here to build churches—I am no Mother Theresa. What I will do, though, is—lead a legacy.”
– Dean Mathers