Gabriel Randa was Mr. Target Heart Rate. Every day after work, he dutifully trucked to his health club to climb the stair exercise machine, jog on the treadmill and pedal up “huge inclines” on the stationary bike.
Trouble was, he was hugely bored and began to dread the gym.
Cindy Samlith wasn’t bored. She was too busy with very important work to take time out to exercise.
But a near-miss with breast cancer woke Cindy up to the need for physical activity and a reprieve from her previously high-stress, sedentary living.
Both found their answer by adding the simple childhood ingredient of play to either enhance or encourage physical activity.
We all know how important exercise is and what a lack of it can do to us.
Or do we?
Researchers recently described sedentary life as the second largest threat to public health, saying that chronic diseases have increased dramatically because of physical inactivity.
There must be a way to encourage the regular physical activity that has long been associated with better health, longer life and greater well-being.
Perhaps play is the way.
Play is the ultimate in cross-training, as you move your body through many ranges of motion at different intensities. You are likely to see gains in strength, stamina, and even weight loss—not to mention an increased feeling of liveliness and enthusiasm. And when you’re having a good time, you’ll forget you’re actually working out.
Here are a few ways to inject fun into your physical activity. Be as zany as you want in adding to this list.