Physical activity and movement encompasses more types of activity than just exercise. Play for fitness can be fun and relaxing too! If you change the words you use, you can change your experience and perception of the activity. Why dread a demanding workout when you can get the same benefits from a little plan?

Western society values hard work, power, money, and success. Play is considered a distraction from these goals. However, play is all about attitude! Play and laughter is good for the spirit. Playing, having fun, laughing during social contact brings people closer together.

Did you know about Play For Fitness?

Children’s games can burn up to 222 calories in 30 minutes 1.

Types of Play Activities

ActivityExamples
body play / movementJump into a pile of leaves, dance, sing
object playsnow ball fight, toys, sports
social playcharades, two truths & lies, sports
imaginative playsolo play, writing stories, role playing games, exploring
story tellingcampside story telling, Godly play
creative playhobbies, building, working with your hands

Laughter

Laughter is a social glue that draws people together 2. We are 30 times more likely to laugh in a social situation than when we are alone 3. Play encourages laughter and can help spark creativity and strengthen social bonds.

References:

  1. Non exercise activity thermogenesis. Accessed on April 14 2018 from https://www.health.harvard.edu/diet-and-weight-loss/calories-burned-in-30-minutes-of-leisure-and-routine-activities
  2. Provine, R. (2001) Laughter: a scientific investigation. Accessed on April 14 2018 from https://provine.umbc.edu/books/laughter-a-scientific-investigation/
  3. Tolbert-Banks (2014) Health Laughter Handout. Accessed on April 14 2018 from https://scholarworks.iupui.edu/bitstream/handle/1805/4569/tolbert-banks-2014-healthlaughterhandout.pdf

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