Are you tired? Play like a child

Play hop­scotch or roll on grass if it will help lift your moods

Business Daily (Kenya) - - THIS WEEK - Mr Mo­manyi is a phys­i­cal ther­a­pist Michael Mo­manyi

AC­TIVE LIFE

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.

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