Are you tired? Play like a child
Play hopscotch or roll on grass if it will help lift your moods
Are you tired with being an adult? Is work and life draining your energy? Learn how to play.
ROLL FIVE TIMES
First, go down to the ground and roll left five times and then right five times. You will feel silly and that is the point. This childlike exercise will make you smile and move better when you get up.
RUN ON GRASS
Second, take off your shoes and run around outside on grass in a figure eight both ways. Taking off your shoes makes you feel like a child again and although you will feel dizzy running in circles helps your vestibular balance system in your inner ear.
These are the simple activities that can make you feel better. Play is almost non-existent to adults because they think it is childish.
But if you are not playing, you have stopped exercising some muscles or joints. As much as we feed the brain which makes us smarter and adaptable to the competitive work environment, play also promotes survival.
A sedentary lifestyle, sitting for long hours and lack of movement and exercise is slowly killing us.
It is happening so gradually, that many people rarely notice it even when the body is constantly giving warning signs.
THESE ARE SOME OF THE SIGNS THAT SHOW THAT YOU LACK PLAY: NON TRAUMATIC PAIN.
This is a pain that has no origin but does not go away even with self therapy. So in most cases you end up seeing a doctor or relying on painkillers.
ANXIETY DEPRESSION WEIGHT GAIN TIGHTNESS AND STIFFNESS POOR MOBILITY LACK OF MENTAL FOCUS
You must have experienced these at some point but many people argue ‘but I do move… I exercise all the time’.
Well, exercise is not movement, it is one form of movement which is usually done only on a few days for about an hour. Of importance is to keep moving. How much variability is there in your daily movement? Most of us do a lot of bending and sitting we forget activities like side bending and rotation.
There is no wrong way to play. When engaged in play, forget the meaning of time, stop worrying whether you look good, smart, stupid or silly. Here are reasons why you need to play; you improve, learn a skill, enjoy and alleviate depression.