June 2015 – ‘The Well’
“If you carry your childhood with you, you never become older. “ – Tom Stoppard
Not Just Child’s Play: Think about how many hours you spent outside every day when you were a kid.. Think of the trails you explored, the fences you balanced on, the sidewalks you skipped on, and the trees you climbed. Childhood is spent finding our way physically through the world as much as any other way. As we get older, our physical activity tends to become much more limited. We have ‘workouts’ that often are made of the same basic moves. We do the same activities every day, not necessarily paying attention to how we do them, so we end up with overusing some muscles, and not using others. While any activity is good for our bodies, this Summer, I want to invite you to take a trip back in time and remember what it felt like to play like a kid. Your health will love you for it.
Play like a kid mindset:
- Be curious. Approach your down time with the same curiosity children do. Explore the world around you. Climb up stairs for no other reason that see what’s at the top, (or simply to turn around and come back down, sliding down the railing is optional).
- Stop Timing Yourself. There are guidelines for how much activity you should rack up over a week for good health, but throw those ideas out the window. Kids naturally will spend way more than the recommended time running around, jumping, and skipping. Follow their lead.
- Go Low Tech. While disturbing research has shown that even kids are spending an increasing amount of time ‘plugged in’ to screens of all kinds; when screens aren’t an option, they get busy being active. Unplug yourself, and start moving your body. You’ll start to feel like a kid again.
- Leave it all on the playground. Let yourself be physically exhausted. Our mental and emotional lives are often overworked, while our physical bodies aren’t put to enough use. Take some days where you play until you just can’t play anymore.
The “Play Like a Kid” workout: Try these moves with your favorite little one, (or big one). The neighborhood playground is a great place; so is your back yard.
Slide sit ups: Race your way up the stairs to the slide. Slide down laughing. Sit on the end of the slide, bend your knees, hold onto the bottom of the slide and pull your knees toward your chest until the next kid is ready to slide down.
Monkey Bars: Have you tried swinging your way across a set of monkey bars lately? Try it, and if you can’t make it all the way across, try to add one more rung every visit.
Sprinkler Intervals: Turn the sprinkler on in the yard and alternate racing through the spray with jogs around the yard.
Kalia Kelmenson – mauimindandbody.com