Nothing fills me with more joy than spreading the word on how play is a cornerstone of health, wellness and quality of life as we age.
Recently I spoke with Education Talk Radio host Larry Jacobs on his show about why play isn’t just for kids and the social-emotional impact on students’ and teachers’ lives.
You can listen to the interview HERE.
While I don’t think we forget how to play as we age, it becomes less of a priority because we juggle many more demands on our time.
We know why we should move our bodies. We have all heard of the benefits, and if exercise were a pill we could take, people would take it!
Sadly, people see working out as something we HAVE to do; I see working out as something you GET to do, a magic pill that adds fun and joy to life.
The reality as we age is that movement isn’t about the adage “no pain, no gain.”
And the pandemic has made a case for why it matters more than ever to be proactive about your health.
Levels of burnout and depression affect all age groups more than ever through the pandemic.
A recent CNBC report stated that “Between December 2020 and July 2021, employees reported a 21% increase in burnout and 17% increase in physical symptoms of stress like muscle tension and fatigue, as well as added work-life balance challenges and overall job stress, according to a survey by the digital wellness company meQuilibrium.”*
Playing naturally and quickly helps to boost our mental and physical health.
I’m not saying that playing will solve the world’s mental health crisis – but I am saying that it won’t make it worse.
It’s exciting when my clients finally understand that all movement matters and that fun is still available to them, no matter their age.
Things like walking your dog, gardening, taking the stairs, parking your car further from the store, dancing in your kitchen…it ALL counts towards keeping well.
One hundred and fifty minutes per week or just 20 minutes a day of heart-pumping movement is required to keep healthy.
Kids don’t go outside and play to measure their heart rate. They have a curious mindset that helps them explore the world and find fun.
People take themselves too seriously as they age.
We are sold this idea that if you don’t go to the gym and workout for 60 minutes, you’re not going to be healthy. Or worse, socially accepted.
Plus, it doesn’t have to be done all at once!
You can break those 20 minutes however you’d like. You can read more about this in chapter two of my book.
Play isn’t just for kids.
We need to get back to the playground (WHATEVER THAT PLAYGROUND IS FOR YOU) and have fun.
Coach Jan xox
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