If there’s one thing that we do great here at Blitz Conditioning, aside from fitness, it is that we try and infuse play into every moment of our day. There’s rarely an hour where we’re not laughing, hopping around or just simply challenging each other to do something just for kicks! Brett and I have these running challenges to see who can balance on things like swiss balls, Lebert Bars, or basically anything – yes we’re aware we look like to monkeys when you walk in at times. I was training someone one day while Brett was folding laundry and all of a sudden he dropped down and started doing push ups so I jokingly told this person that he was just warming up to prevent injuries while folding laundry! We take our professions seriously but focus on having as much fun as possible. I’m not sure if I’ve ever had a business meeting where I haven’t cracked at least one joke and gotten at least a snicker from someone.
Infusing play into your day does two things:
1) Makes things way more fun: we choose to make things boring because we mentally frame them to be boring. Household chores, repetitive tasks, and mundane tasks can be turned into competitions easily and achieve the same quality, if anything the quality increases! Have races with your co-workers to complete tasks just for the sake of it. Make house cleaning fun with your kids by making it a game and playing it with them.
2) Burns a lot of extra calories: if you’re hopping around, laughing, and trying to play, you’re moving more so you’re burning way more calories, enough said.
The healthiest elderly people that I’ve met are the ones that still have a ton of zest and play jokes on people constantly. They’ve had times in their lives where they had to be serious but you can tell that they are truly content with who they are at this moment. So play more: skip around a little while you’re walking, prank people, have run around with your kids and above all else laugh a lot!
‘We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.’
~George Bernard Shaw