Ditch your workout and come play with me.
I mean, really, do you need anymore work in your life? Couldn't we all use a little more play?
I have spent thousands of hours in fitness centers, health clubs and rec centers. The people who come to "work out" seldom smile. They get in and get out like it's another job or duty in life.
Just look at Flo, who is jogging on the treadmill uphill while reading Cosmo and watching Dr. Phil. The sentiment is more like, "Just get me through this and I'll survive a little longer."
As a professional, I banned the word workout from my vocabulary early on, when I came to realize that adults just need more play in their lives. In the past, I indulged others with the word to keep myself relevant, but I cringe every time I say "workout".
For me, exercise is fun. Why the hell else would I do it? Sometimes it's gratifying to sweat really hard. Other times a casual stroll with Red Rocks in the distance will suffice. My competitive side likes to push for one more pull up or send an ace rocketing over the net. And the master improviser in me loves a full on rumble on my djembe.
80% of Americans struggle to keep up with the CDC's current recommendations for aerobic and muscle strengthening activities. Why are we trying to fit everyone into the same box? Fitness may have over-complicated a very simple formula. I praise that there are an abundance of choices on the market, but all the choices leave the average consumer stumped.
Here is my simple formula for physical activity . . . Move vigorously enough that your mind shifts into a happy place every day. Get up and move when you feel uncomfortable. Provide enough overload to your muscles that you flex all the big ones until they are tired a minimum of 2 days a week. I perform all these movements at the playground near my house. Weight training must not be overlooked. . . but that topic is for another time.
Today when you are feeling antsy, dull and uninspired, I invite you to pause and ask your body how it wants to play. A casual stroll around the office can shift brain cells. A vigorous heart thump can erase a negative mindset. Running outside with your kids will spread smiles and laughter far and wide.
How will you play today?
Gina is a fitness professional turned movement specialist who aspires to redefine the way fitness is perceived in this country. Realizing that traditional fitness programs neglect the individual needs of each person’s body, Gina set out to create more movement opportunities for people by lifting the restrictive rules found in traditional fitness. Gina intuitively reads bodies and she uses evidence based movement assessments to adapt exercise programming according to the needs of her clients. This is a skill that could only be collected through 20 years of extensive experience working as a fitness professional in a variety of settings including public recreation, corporate centers, athletic clubs and retirement communities.