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Ladies, it's time to play

Monthlong initiative encourages women to make exercise fun by focusing on play.
by Ken Raymond Published: May 1, 2012

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.

Today, the American Cancer Society's Choose You movement is launching its “100,000 Acts of Play Challenge.” The effort is aimed at getting women to let go of a little adult responsibility for awhile and enjoy being like children again.

“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.”

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by Ken Raymond
Book Editor
Ken Raymond is the book editor. He joined The Oklahoman in 1999. He has won dozens of state, regional and national writing awards. Three times he has been named the state's "overall best" writer by the Society of Professional Journalists. In...
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