The Art of Play

By on June 26, 2013

Romantic couple on beach.It’s an activity that we learn from when we are children. It’s more fun to play than it is to do chores. Even when the chores involves putting the toys away, toys that we enjoyed playing with just a short time before, the art of playing is always so much more fun.

Because it is fun, it is something that we would rather be doing. And that’s why it’s not at all uncommon for houses to be messy and workouts to remain undone.

The Art Of Play:

Bad Workouts and Bad Rewards

Many people tend to assume that exercise must be grueling hard work. These are the people who drag themselves out of bed in the morning to trudge out to the gym and attempt to run three miles on the treadmill, staring at the same boring white wall or watching the morning news.

Even though they may get a sense of accomplishment when it’s over, it’s little wonder that they’re just looking for excuses to avoid the workout.

The added risk is that after you do something that you hate, you will feel that you need a reward. Guess what the number one reward that most exercisers want when they finish a grueling workout? That’s right. Chocolate cake or some other sweet treat.

Some people try to be healthy, and so they opt for supposedly healthy packaged diet foods that they think will be good for them. Aside from the fact that most of these packaged health foods are actually quite bad for you, indulging in foods that worsen your struggle will only result in further incentive to slide.

Instead, you should make your workouts fun. Maximize on the urge to play and have fun. Rather than making it less likely that you will succeed, it will actually increase your chances at success.

Get to Having Fun

Health.com released information on a study that revealed people are more than 66% more likely to exercise if they are having a great time while they’re doing it. In fact, the greater the fun factor, the greater the likelihood that people will do it.

What will work for you depends on your personality. For some people, it works best to turn back to old childhood activities like

  • Jumping rope
  • Hopscotch
  • Tag
  • Frisbee
  • Bicycling through the countryside
  • Hula hooping
  • Roller blading or roller skating
  • Skateboarding

You may also prefer to participate in activities that have a learning curve or that allow you to try out a new experience. You can find all kinds of fun opportunities, but some of the most popular include

  • Horseback riding
  • Cross country skiing
  • Swimming
  • Boxing
  • Tai kwan do
  • Surfing
  • Dancing
  • Competitive relays

Try Lots of Variety

The art of play is all about having fun. You need to make sure that you do something that you can enjoy. The wonderful part about this is that you can do all kinds of activities. You don’t have to restrict yourself to just one. Some people engage in a number of activities throughout a single workout.

The hardest part is going to be giving yourself permission to have fun. You can get fit while enjoying yourself. As you develop this mindset, you will start to experience an incredible freedom.

If you aren’t sure how to get started, consider joining a course or getting into an activity with friends. Sometimes having friends join you in the challenge can increase the fun. It will also make it more likely that you take that important first step.

Remember that the art of play means that you also make your exercise flexible. You don’t have to do it first thing in the morning if you don’t want to get up first thing in the morning. Your goal is just to be active and have a great time. Once you manage to master this, you will make it significantly more likely that you will be active throughout the day.

 

 

 

References

“How Do You Make Your Workout Fun?” Health.com, http://www.health.com/health/article/0,,20411707,00.html (2012).

About JessicaBFry

Jessica B. Fry has had a passion for writing and health since she was a child. In college, she studied Writing and Pre-Law as a double major before she went on to Regent University to obtain her J.D. She now practices law and works as a freelance writer in rural Indiana where she enjoys being with beloved family, friends, and pets. In her spare time, she works on graphology, writes short stories, and practices knife throwing. She and her husband enjoy exploring Indiana and the surrounding states in their free time and hope to one day complete a trip through every single one.

2 Comments

  1. Kathy

    June 26, 2013 at 6:30 am

    This reminds me of my friend, Elizabeth, who said recently that her flower and vegetable gardens are like her outside playroom. I don’t know if gardening is great exercise or not, but she spends all summer in her gardens and is healthy and physically fit. I like the thought of a yard being a place for us (adults) to play instead of to just mow the grass.

    • Tremba Michael

      June 26, 2013 at 10:02 am

      I think Elizabeth’s on the right track (as are you). It will be a nice day when we once again see children (as well as adults) playing outside, planting gardens, and enjoying so many gifts there are around us.

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