How to manage your health with PLAY

How to manage your health with PLAY

By Published On: September 25th, 2020

Imagine that you are holding two bottles of pills, one in each hand. 

One is labelled PLAY, and the other is labelled NO PLAY.

The PLAY bottle holds a cure-all capsule that will help you feel happier and younger, keep your memory sharp, improve your sleep, strengthen your heart and muscles, and preserve your mobility, not to mention stave off a host of diseases.  

The NO PLAY pills increase depression, wreck your hormone levels and sleep patterns (hello menopause!), weaken your heart and muscles, reduce your mobility, and attract disease like a moth to a flame.  

Which diseases?

It’s a fact that six out of the top 10 non-communicable diseases are directly related to lifestyle choices, especially not moving your body, including heart disease, stroke, lung disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and other dementias, throat and lung cancers and type 2 diabetes.

You can only take one pill. Which do you choose?

The choice seems pretty straightforward. 

While there is no one magic pill, you can make a simple choice to play, which will significantly improve your life and help you thrive.

So, let’s play!

Luckily play hasn’t been cancelled even though the impacts of COVID-19 have a firm grip on everyone’s health and welfare globally. 

Sadly, much of the population views exercise as a tremendous effort, the most loathsome of tasks. It’s the first thing to get moved to the bottom of the “to-do” list.  

While I don’t think adults forget how to play, I think it becomes less of a priority.

With so many people working from home and uncertainty at an all-time high, people forget to put their health first.  

That is a mistake.

Think about it: When was the last time you found joy through movement? A time when you really couldn’t wait to get going?

When was the last time you lost yourself in play?

It’s time to get creative with your movement because, with the pandemic, going to a gym is harder to come by. 

As Dr. Peter Gray so eloquently said: “the choice to play is up to you as well as how you go about it.”

You don’t need a gym, fancy exercise equipment, or a lot of space. You also don’t need to set aside a lot of extra time for it.

How can you integrate play into your everyday routine? 

  • Break up your week into movements and activities that have a variety that works for YOU. The World Health Organization recommends a minimum of 150 minutes a week or just over 20 minutes a day for health…not even all at once!
  • The secret here is not about HOURS of “WORKING OUT,” it’s about the quality of that movement, loving what you do and with whom.
  • What types of activities bring you the most joy? If exercising doesn’t bring you joy, why bother? If it’s not fun, you won’t do it. I always get a lot of pleasure out of a simple walk in the park. Nature is great for both your physical and mental health.

By implementing the right healthy habits now, the better you will be able to handle the changes in your body in the future and have an even better quality of life as you age.  

So, take the play “pill.” Movement truly is medicine.

Your life depends on it.

Play on!


P.S. Whenever you’re ready, there are some fun ways I can help you get results with your health objectives

1 – Grab a copy of my book, The Play Book: How To Get In The Habit Of Good Health HERE

2 – Join my free online course, 7 Days of Healthy Habits, where you can learn how to build fun, sustainable, yet simple habits in just one week, no matter how busy or stressed you are, by CLICKING HERE

3 – Want to make a lasting change to your health? Join The Play for Life System Coaching Program HERE. A 12-week premium habit-based coaching program for women who want to control their health without diets, medications, or going to the gym.

4 – Join me this Thursday, October 1st at 7 pm EST for my NEW WORKSHOP – Thriving with Menopause – sign up HERE

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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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