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The importance of PLAY


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Sunday, July 13, 2014

I just updated my status to say I had played with my son yesterday. For those of you who have young children, this will not sound odd. But when you consider that my son will turn 30 this week, it might seem a little strange to use that term.

But in my second childhood now, I don't hesitate. Play is important to stress relief. My son, now an adult, needs play much as I do! He called, in the neighborhood, and was going to stop by to visit, have a cup of coffee. What mom doesn't want a visit from her grown children?

But I mentioned going for a walk, as I was low on my step count for the day, and he asked if I'd be up for shooting a round of "Horse" on the basketball court in the park nearby. Well... it's been years since I tossed a ball at a hoop, but it's one of my son's passions. It was always his favorite thing as a kid. He told me he'd played a few times with Army buddies and they were usually surprised that he knew what he was doing on the court. He doesn't look like a guy who played basketball, he tells me. I look up at him (he's 10 or 11 inches taller than me)... and wonder... why? He looks like a BB player to me! Um... too pale, he says. So while he takes some time warming up, eventually, the muscle memory of his youth kicks in, and he starts hitting the hoop.

This pattern held true for our game of Horse. We were both pretty pathetic... my upper body is my weakness, and heaving a ball at a hoop relies on upper and core, putting the legs into jump shots. I won the first game, he won the second. We always had to play until he won when he was little... or at least made ONE more basket, mom! And that's how one develops skills... by having the determination of a little kid... seeking ONE more basket.

As a consequence, I got my steps in, in an unconventional way. emoticon The point I was getting to, here, is that we each have active things that we enjoy. If you are having trouble getting motivated to get active, maybe it's because you have stopped doing the things you enjoy... or haven't found them yet.

Find YOUR happy active! Play is good. Go play and have fun! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Because LIFE is good. It's too good to miss out on by sitting around. And it's so much better when I'm fit. Being fit made it possible for me to go do something with my son that HE enjoys even if I'm not terribly good at it. And of course it's at its best when there are friends and family, on line and off, virtual and in real life... along for the journey. Consistently, consciously, and creatively making choices that support being able to STAY fit and active, I am GRATEFUL for each and every day.

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WHITEANGEL4 11/1/2014 11:14PM

    Beautiful blog.......enjoy thee great times with your son

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MRSRIGS1 8/7/2014 2:36PM

    I think it's great you and your son PLAY together!

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CHERYLHURT 8/6/2014 7:20AM

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ANGELN325 7/29/2014 1:10PM

    Love, love, love, love this post! When I think of why I fell off the exercise wagon, it was because exercise stopped being FUN! Saturday I got a ton of steps in by reliving my childhood with my daughter at the county fair and going down the Fun Slide, bumper cars, and walking around and taking in the sights. My body probably didn't even realize it was getting a workout at times. I'm starting to think about what stuff I enjoyed doing and what stuff would be fun to do and what my body can do when I think of exercise now.

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NASFKAB 7/26/2014 6:41AM

  great thanks for sharing

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LINDAK25 7/17/2014 1:12PM

    Fantastic!

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MAYBER 7/17/2014 1:04AM

    Thank you for sharing
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CANINE_MAMA 7/16/2014 10:51AM

    I agree. We should all find something we enjoy doing.

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FANNYMANSON 7/15/2014 9:35PM

    Hurray for Play!!

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SOON2BSMALL1313 7/15/2014 1:15PM

    great job! honestly it really makes me want to go shoot some hoops with my son. I cant wait for him to get home!!!

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PATTIMET 7/15/2014 11:22AM

    Thanks for sharing - good to see that even when they're older we can enjoy playing with our kids. I have 2 boys ages 8 and 10. I run, bike and swim with them and it makes fitness so much more enjoyable when I'm doing it with them.

Have fun with your son.
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GOLDENRODFARM 7/15/2014 9:06AM

    I think more people should find play things to exercise, exercise shouldn't be a chore, think how we would look forward to our exercise if it was a fun time!

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MARYJEANSL 7/15/2014 12:02AM

  I love the idea of doing fun things to help get/stay fit. I haven't yet found anything I enjoy that well yet, though. At least I haven't give up hope that I will.

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AMYBUTLER10 7/14/2014 10:51PM

    LOVE this!!!

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JSEATTLE 7/14/2014 6:40PM

  Play is so important. I don't play enough!

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PATRICIAANN46 7/14/2014 6:20PM

  I am very fortunate to have Grand-daughters, ages 7 and 2, who remind me everytime I am with them (which is at least 3X/week) that Grandma needs to learn to play their latest game!!! They definitely keep me young. emoticon

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MELNJAY3 7/14/2014 5:34PM

    emoticon great blog. Sounds like a lot of fun. I love playing ball with my boys too.

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YVETTEB57 7/14/2014 3:36PM

    Hooray for play! I went to a friend's 50th birthday party this past weekend. She had a kiddie pool set up and we had our lawn chairs around it so we could put our feet in the pool... then... she turned on the sprinkler and some of us goofy gals actually went running through the sprinkler! What fun!
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KLMEIRING 7/14/2014 2:57PM

    emoticon Thanks for sharing!

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LCRUMLEY81 7/14/2014 2:00PM

  So Very True

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LIVELYGIRL2 7/14/2014 1:43PM

  I loved your story for a bunch of reasons. First, we have a son this age. That made me grin. However he is on the other coast. I would love to do this or other physical activities with him.

I do think play isn't just for kids. I even think some think they have to have a child around to do these things. That is suppose to be an excuse to make it ok. It does make it more fun, but we can still do it.

Probably in many cases, play might be easier or enjoyable than a workout.

Like a fine meal, it's better shared. It's in the company and participation. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SHERYLP461 7/14/2014 1:42PM

    Not only did you get exercise in, you build memories he will never forget

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CICELY360 7/14/2014 1:13PM

  good blog

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CUDDLYPOLARBEAR 7/14/2014 1:11PM

    Great post

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MOM4GMA2 7/14/2014 1:11PM

    I was on my way to work out at the gym Saturday when my step daughter asked me if I could take her kids for the night. My granddaughter is 3 and my grandson is 11 months. I quickly skipped the gym and chased after the 2 little ones. We walked and fed ducks on the way back to my house and then walked a half mile to visit the neighborhood cows. Play is always better than "work" out!

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SUCHANUT 7/14/2014 11:41AM

    Namaste!

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JANET552 7/14/2014 10:50AM

    What a great reminder to go out and have some fun and fitness!! Love that you could do that with your son.

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MOMMY445 7/14/2014 10:48AM

    thank you for sharing! have a great day!

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SHARON7464 7/14/2014 10:09AM

    It sounds like you had a great time!!! What a fabulous way to spend an afternoon...

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    Thanks for sharing!

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