Holy smokes, we are halfway through 2022! Time flies.
It’s hard to believe that one year ago today, our family moved into a new home in the middle of the pandemic.
It was a move I had dreamed of since my childhood. My grandfather built the house in 1952, my parents bought it from my grandmother in 1978, and we bought it from my mom in 2021.
I feel so lucky to keep this piece of history in my family. It’s like time has stood still.
But we all know that time isn’t guaranteed for any of us.
All of life’s certainty can go out the window in a split second (trust me, I’ve been there more than once!).
Hard times come and go, whether the daily news or a health crisis.
Good times come and go, whether moving into a new home or making fun memories with the ones you love.
Yet, the most significant thing we can do to feel in control of our mental and physical health is to take time to move our bodies.
I write about this in my book.
Being active is like a magic pill that can 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.
How to feel more in control of your time?
One tool I use with some of my clients is the “Spheres Of Control.”* It helps to identify the things in our control (actions, mindset and effort) and the things that are not (daily challenges, the weather, your shoe size!).
Honestly, when you have a clearly defined outcome of what you want for your health and wellness, it helps to know the direction you want to go through the bad and good times. (I wrote about this in my last blog)
The same thing relates to our time.
Why increase movement every day?
Improving your lifestyle can do wonders for your mental and physical health through play.
Ultimately, we can bring joy into moving more (and feeling better).
An excellent place to start is picking something you liked to do as a kid. If you need help, here’s a PDF you can download to figure it out.
Play (exercise) is less about what you are doing but how you are doing it and who you are doing it with!
I’m talking about playing for overall health versus training for a specific event, like running a marathon. So, I ask you this.
Does your current approach to health and wellness align with your spheres of control, such as:
- your deeper values
- what you want MORE of, rather than avoiding what you want less of
- progress (metrics)
- a regular schedule of progress assessment
You do have more control of your time.
You can make your health and wellness goals happen.
What works as your “play”?
Your friend and coach,
P.S. Whenever you’re ready, here are a few ways I can help:
👉Summer is the perfect time to explore new things and try new activities! As a Genius of Play Ambassador, I’m happy to share a great resource. If you are looking for some play inspiration for family, grandkids or even your neighbourhood kids, The Genius of Play has created a “Summer Playbook” with a curated collection of fun ideas and activities to keep kids busy playing all summer long. There is something for everyone, from engaging and easy to set up games to ready-to-use colouring pages (which I love for rainy-day or chill-out time activities)!
👉OR… grab a copy of my practical back-to-basics guide on embracing exercise as play here – The Play Book: How To Get In The Habit Of Good Health.
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