Monday, February 21, 2011 – 11:45 PM
Creating new habits is hard, changing old habits is harder, and maintaining any type of positive change that may take time for one to see and feel the effects, that is the hardest. This is why many people find it difficult to start an exercise program and sustain it. We all have good intentions to live a healthier life, but starting something new, changing our old ways, and sticking to our good intentions is not so easy.
Why isn’t it easy? Because we generally have an all or nothing attitude; we are either going to go vegan and do 50 hours of cardio or we will do nothing. That might be an exaggeration, but many people are of this mindset. Why does it have to be all or nothing? In truth, all you need is a “little something.”
What is that “little something” you need that will get you going on an exercise plan—it’s called PLAY. It’s about having the mental attitude that you are allowed to play everyday. So PLAY for 30mins each day. Once you are playing, you are burning calories and by default, exercising. Play can be structured or unstructured and in general, can be done anywhere.
Play can be a literal term where you play with your kids. Play tag! Depending on your weight and how much you are running while playing tag, you can burn between 30-90 calories every 15 minutes. Play can also mean dance. Pick up dancing! Take ballroom or salsa lessons; it’s a great way to play and meet new people. Play an actual sport. Look up any bowling, softball, soccer, or badminton league to name a few and get to playing! Again, depending on your weight, 30mins of badminton burns 150-200 calories, while playing 30mins of competitive soccer can burn up to 400-500 calories.
Don’t want to leave the house? No problem. Get a Wii Fit or any of those dancing games and get jiggy with it. Whatever you can do to support a more playful life style, do it. We all can agree that making, keeping, and maintain positive healthy changes in our lives is hard, but think back to when you first started to learn as a kid—didn’t you excel more in areas where you were having fun? Playing is fun. Playing will help you get to your health and fitness goals.
This past weekend, my friends and I played, check us out:
NOW GO PLAY!!!
TNT (Till Next Tuesday =)
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