Saturday, 2 April 2011

Fitness for Learning

Fitness is built on whatever ability already in otherwise. e.g. try as you may, you cannot train to fly ie. you are not fit for flight; but you can train to run, to throw and to swim; because you have innate abilities for such activities.
fitness suggests the following:
  • practice
  • exercise
  • building
  • maintenance
  • trimming/cutting
  • repetition of cycles  
The suggested activities will serve as our hints in this discussion:
Practice: it is a general belief  that practice makes perfect , but a better rendering is perfect practice makes perfect.
What is it about perfect practice? A perfect practice can be described thus:
  • has a goal 
  • progressive towards a goal
  • has a means of measuring progress towards the goal.
Exercise : While exercise in a sense can be synonymous to practice, in another sense, the fitness sense, it simply means "working out".
I am not a fitness instructor, but i have found out that almost all the time, a healthy body makes a healthy mind.
Everyone shouold agree that it is not exercise alone that makes a healthy body , but also , healthy eating habits and several other healthy habits and several other healthy habits- anything at all that makes you fit.(Nobody is talking drugs here!)

Building: Building involves exertion, it sometimes involves stress- the healthy kind.
A person fit for learning will have a mind for it. To build up for fitness, there must be a constant openness to sources of learning. Almost like classes of food, sources of learning can be such that build our intelligence, or that enlarge our emotional capacity for learning, or such that boosts our eagerness for learning and our rate of learning- the learning vitamins.

Maintenance: this concerns what is already possessed . To maintain is not as difficult as building , but it requires almost a similar attention and probably a more detailed attention.
Maintenance requires both exercise and practice, but not more than is always done.
In relation to learning , maintenance is such that the more you know , the more you are likely to know.
Also , the less you put to use what is learnt the harder and slower it will be to learn more.

Trimming/cutting: This is nothing but slimming down . How does this apply to learning?
Most people will not learn or will find it hard to learn certain things , just because of some things they have learnt in the past. For this kind of people, ( although we all fall to this category at one time or the other.) they must unlearn whatever it is that is hindering certain new knowledge they wish to learn. It is a kind of rewiring of a learnt behavior.