The Play Book: How To Get In The Habit Of Good Health

Play—the exercise our bodies need.

After over two decades of encouraging her clients to embrace exercise as play, master health coach Janet Omstead has written a practical, back-to-basics guide that will inspire you to create a play habit.

Along with motivating interviews with the best experts in health and behaviour, Janet provides easy-to-follow techniques and personal assessments to help you establish a unique system for living an active lifestyle while improving your quality of life as you age.

It’s never too late to start playing again!

Praise for the Play Book

“I loved The Play Book! It is sound, practical advice that not only lays out the benefits of exercise but also guides each individual through a refreshing perspective on physical well-being. For the beginner or the elite athlete, the bottom line is exercise equals joy, and Janet finds a way to deliver an intricate concept in an engaging and concise manner.”

Tracy Wilson, Olympic Bronze Medalist, 3x World Medalist, CTV/TSN, NBC Universal Skating Analyst, and Coach of Olympic and World Champions
“The Play Book clearly presents the case for all adults to return to a state of childhood play — not only because it is good for you but because it is FUN, dammit. The same could be said for The Play Book itself: Janet’s play manifesto is a “tool book” full of useful tips and resources that are “good for you,” and it really is a fun, fast-paced read. So get off your butt and read this book … or better yet, put the book down and get out and play (but make a plan to read the book later).”
Brian Shelley, YMCA Vice President, Crossfit Enthusiast, Full-time playmate/dad to two growing boys
“Janet captures the very essence of creating an active and healthy lifestyle that fosters improved well-being to ultimately increase confidence as well as joy in who we are and the journey we are on. This is a great read to get you fired up, with easy-to-implement strategies for improved health and a positive mindset.”
Paula Morand, Bestselling Author and Professional Speaker
“To know Janet Omstead is to know someone who appreciates living … and living life to the fullest. Janet has always brought enthusiasm and common sense to day-to-day life. This book reflects her approach to making the challenges of life fun, energetic, and worthwhile. To read Janet Omstead is to get a brief glimpse into what makes her tick, and helps make us all live life to the fullest. Reading The Play Book will put a smile on your face, a sparkle in your eye, a spring in your step, and challenge you to want to feel better. After all, beginning with a healthy, open mind is surely a great start to a healthy life. Play on!”
John Shannon, Broadcaster
“In The Play Book, Janet provides a compelling alternative to the notion of dreaded workouts and boring gym time as the only way to achieve long-term health and vitality. Starting with just five minutes a day, Janet demonstrates how easy it can be to add a little fun and variety to our daily routines to help keep us physically — and mentally — healthy.”
Peter Neal, Co-founder of Neal Brothers Foods and Co-author of Goodness: Recipes & Stories
“The hardest part of any new job or task is starting it! Janet has delivered a simple yet impactful, inspiring yet relatable game plan for starting the job of looking after the person that matters most: you! By putting everyday life and play in a new context, she enables the reader with a roadmap to get started and to keep on making healthy choices and living a more rewarding life. This simple, easy-to-read perspective is a must for all those looking for that nudge to get started … and to get on with life through play.”
David Kincaid, Founder, Managing Partner, LEVEL5 Strategy Inc.