How to find joy again

How to find joy again

By Published On: December 11th, 2020

I read a line in the newspaper the other day, which struck me. 

It said, “lowered expectations could lead to more joy.”

Let’s face it – joy is hard to find these days.  

This year’s environment has not been optimal for moving our bodies between cramped apartments, working remotely, homeschooling, and closed gyms.

Did you know that decades of scientific evidence proves that the best way to find joy again is through play (exercise)? 

Play unleashes joy, boosts your mental and physical health, and makes you feel like a kid at every age.

I’ve written extensively about this in my book, The Play Book: How To Get In The Habit Of Good Health, as well as on other blog posts (see July 24th’s issue called “Why does movement (Play) matter more now than ever?).

Finding creative ways to shape your environment is like adding a silent partner to support your health (check out my Instagram @janetomstead #twentyeightdaysofplay for some inspiration).

Getting to a place of optimal health doesn’t have to be complicated.

Here’s why.

Everything you need to move more is right outside, or even inside, your front door!  From stairs to rocks, benches, trees, fences, sidewalks, parking lots, green spaces – they are all functional movement spaces.  

If exercise is a keystone habit for a healthier life, I want to show you easy it is to implement play as a lifelong adventure!  

Helping you recapture that “feel good” sentiment is what I’m here to do.  

Have fun, feel good, and improve your health!


Play smarter, not harder

The power lies within you to find the right setting or space to exercise smarter and improve your health for good.  

For my book, I interviewed the renowned Dr. Paul Oh, Medical Director of the Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation Program at Toronto Rehab and the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre and GoodLife Fitness Chair in Cardiovascular Rehabilitation and Prevention.

We discussed that a specific goal needs to be measurable, realistic, repeatable, and have a time frame, but more than that, it must be enjoyable.

As habit expert and author James Clear says, “what matters most, in the beginning, is establishing a new normal and building a new routine that you will stick to; not the results that you get.”

How can you seek adventure and fun daily?

Find the kind of play that you love to boost your immune system naturally, tap into your happiness factor, and, most importantly, find joy again.

Remember, “Life is a game of no rules. There’s no definite way to play. It starts the same and ends the same for everyone, but some will enjoy it while others don’t! It’s all on you; how you play is how you feel.” Prashant Jain

Play on!

Coach Jan xo

P.S. Whenever you’re ready, here are three ways I can help you:

1) Want to improve your exercise, nutrition and sleep habits as you age? To apply for coaching with me, reply to this email with the word COACHING.

2) Get the first chapter of my book for free – download it HERE!

3) Looking to learn real-life, practical habits to incorporate quickly and efficiently starting now? Sign up for my FREE 7 Days of Healthy Habits Course.

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About the Author: Janet Omstead

To re-ignite people’s passion for play (movement) to fight chronic disease while improving their quality of life as they age.

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