I’ve been running across articles promoting the importance of playful workouts recently, and it’s got me all pumped up. That’s one of my goals for every class I teach – to make it fun.
- … newcomers are more likely to adhere to a workout routine if it’s fun (and they weren’t beat down by the class).
- … making a workout playful makes it more than just another thing to check off your list on the road to a healthier life – it makes it a part of your day to look forward to – a reward in itself.
- … when you’re having fun, you forget how hard you’re working.
- … when you’re having fun, time flies (you know, in case you haven’t gotten to the point of the class being a reward yet).
And so on and so on. You get the idea*!
I try to do this in my classes with the following methods:
- The program itself – I come up with playful ways to work whatever part of the body we are focusing on for that move, and I switch it up each week so it’s not the same thing over and over.
Bar Crawl, anyone?
- Camaraderie – I partner people up so they can encourage and challenge one another.
- Music – I have a large library of music to pull from, and sometimes do themed playlists. Again, I switch it up each week to keep it fresh (although I use a lot of the boxing songs on a cycle cause the beat’s so good).
- My attitude – I try (sometimes I have an off day) to be cheerful and playful and am goofy
sometimesa lot of the time (and sometimes SUPER hyper…).
Anyway, this isn’t meant to be a how-to post. I actually want to hear from YOU because I am always looking for ideas and inspiration – what are some recent workouts you’ve done lately that have been fun and playful?
*I don’t train with children, but want to mention, they’re one group you’re REALLY supposed to make things playful for – I mean, kids’ exercise is playing! And they’re supposed to get an hour of playful exercise most days of the week. And most kids don’t.