I believe that movement can be fun; freedom to move in our natural environment can change not just our lives, but also the way we think.
Take anything out of its natural environment and it suffers, but put it back and it flourishes.
One of the things I’ve always emphasised is that, with consistent and mindful effort, everyone can improve their strength and condition. From beginners to long time trainees, the secret to success is doing the right things over and over again with a mindful approach.
That’s what i really want to share with you, that exercise is not something we have to do, but something that is a natural part of our lives. We have the potential to go beyond the temporary goals of losing fat/gaining muscle, or even “doing cool moves.”
learnt a lot about play working for wildfitness as we did it all the time (great times) Colin Holding my boss/ friend and professional Neotenist
Neoteny – retaining of juvenile traits
This was his top 10 reasons. Thanks Colin!
Top ten reasons to play…
1. Play is fun! We are designed to play; that’s why it’s fun, so we naturally want to engage in it. This should be reason enough. But a lot of us have been scarred (and scared) by the Puritan stigma against play and the false belief that real adults don’t do such frivolous things. So here are nine more reasons to play.
2. Play is creative. We make new associations and connections, we imagine alternatives, we play with novelty, we see metaphors and solutions.
3. Play is essential for brain development and appears to be essential to maintaining a healthy brain.
4. Play keeps you young. A variety of different forms of both physical and mental play keep the brain and the rest of the body flexible and strong. People who play are not only less likely to develop dementia; they’re less likely to have heart disease.
5. Play prepares us to adapt to “a world continuously presenting unique challenges and ambiguity,” according to biologist and expert on animal play Bob Fagen (quoted in Play by Stuart Brown). Play is our opportunity to rehearse new behaviors in low-risk situations.
6. Play gives our big brains something to do. In fact, play gives us a big brain. Species with larger brains relative to their body size are more playful than species with smaller brains relative to their body size.
7. Play makes you smarter. Play, especially active play, stimulates BDNF (brain derived neurotrophic factor), which supports the growth of new neurons, encourages existing neurons to make new connections, and fights the effects of stress.
8. Play helps us figure out how to navigate our bodies through the physical world and how to navigate our psyches through the emotional and social world. We learn all kinds of important social skills in play: how to negotiate, argue constructively, act collaboratively, challenge ourselves to excel without trampling others and how to lose gracefully and persevere.
9, Play is a sign that we are okay. Stuart Brown writes “When we are in peril, play will disappear. But studies show that if they are well fed, safe and rested, all mammals will play spontaneously.”
10. Play keeps entropy at bay. As long as we play, we receive all the benefits of play. But when we stop playing, we stop developing, stop healing and recreating our bodies and brains, stop engaging with others, stop truly enjoying life.
So what are you waiting for? Add it to your movements, Go out and play.