Play is extremely important and play is NOT just for children. Even without kids of your own, playing is something we all need to make time for. What does play do? Play is a natural part of our existence and playing reminds us that life should be enjoyed and having our noses constantly to the grindstone does not produce the quality of life that we all are striving for.
What does play need to look like? Whatever you want it to! Be silly, dance, summersault, jump, leap, throw, swing, climb, live! Do not treat play like exercise but like a game – and a way to express yourself and you will accidentally end up getting in a workout without even knowing it.
Next time you find yourself at the playground with your kids, leave your phone in your car and your worries at the gate and really play with your children. Do not feel inhibited by what others might think about you because honestly, who really cares – most likely others will be jealous of what an awesome parent you are for paying so much attention to your little ones, and you might inspire other families to play! Suggest an activity for your kids to try that is challenging, fun and new; show them how to do it, and then do that activity with them and make it fun – remember this is PLAY! It’s so great for your kiddos to see you in action. Leading by example is the best way to instill the importance of having an active lifestyle.
Challenge yourself by getting outside of your comfort zone. When was the last time you attempted to swing on the monkey bars? Do you remember how freeing and fun it felt to simply play a game of tag? Go for it, don’t hold back, and let yourself just be in the moment. You will develop a new relationship with yourself and your loved ones that will make your family bond stronger and your life more complete. Play is therapeutic, essential, and downright fun.
Have a wrestling match with your significant other. Yes, it sounds silly, but that’s how play should be. Play leap frog with your husband or wife in the back yard, throw a ball back in forth with your kiddos, get some sidewalk chalk out and make a giant game of hopscotch and practice your jumping and balancing all while having a great time outdoors.
Finally, here’s a video of what happens at the park when the Fragoso Family goes out to play.
Now Get Out and PLAY!!