Next time you're around children, take a moment to observe their behavior.
Kids run everywhere. They climb trees, wrestle friends, bounce basketballs and swim in pools. They make up games with ever changing rules and only stop long enough to examine a scraped knee or get something to drink.
Doesn't that sound like fun?
Indeed, it does — at least according to a new survey by the American Cancer Society.
Forty percent of women surveyed said they “would be more physically active” if exercise “felt less like work and more like play.”
Gym workouts can be monotonous and uninspiring; tossing a Frisbee or speeding down a waterslide is fun.
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“It is essential to find a way to bring the power of play and physical activity that you enjoy back to your day,” said Colleen Doyle, the society's nutrition and activity director, in a news release. “There are so many options: Play tag with your kids, jump rope with a friend or even Hula hoop at the office. The important thing is to get moving and have fun.”
Choose You is sending teams to New York, Los Angeles and Washington. The teams, acting rather like flash mobs, will erupt into a flurry of seemingly spontaneous play, inviting passers-by to participate with “nostalgic childhood toys, including the '80s famed Skip It, Hula hoops, hoppity hop balls and double-Dutch jump ropes,” according to the release.
Staying active can improve heart health, increase fitness and limit the risk of certain cancers. Although the Play Challenge is focused on women's health, both sexes, adults and children, can benefit from playtime. Make it a family affair.
After each play session, go online to www.chooseyou.com/play to share your fun. Choose You hopes to have 100,000 entries on the site by the end of May. By then, maybe you'll feel like a kid again.