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When was the last time you let yourself just play?

If you’ve got a home workout practice, it probably goes something like this:

exercise A x 10 times

exercise B x 10 times

exercise C x 1o times

repeat…

This is a great strategy to improve your strength, learn new movement skills, build endurance and establish a daily practice. Sweet! But training movements only in isolation means you’re missing out on a great opportunity. If you could only find a way to link these isolated movements together in some kind of flow. Hmmmm….

Play seems simple enough. Kids do it all the time without thinking about it. Adults, on the other hand, are so wrapped up in thinking and making everything perfect that we actually have to re-learn how to play. That’s okay! Just like any other skill, you can get better at playing and being creative. All it takes is a framework, some examples, and lots of practice. Here I’ll provide a framework and some basic exercises, then I’ll leave it up to you to do the practice at home. Or, at a park. Or hotel room. Or really, anywhere. Play is magical in that it only needs your body, a little bit of space and a dash of creativity. It gets exponentially more interesting when you add a partner or two in the mix as well. Try it!

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Personal trainer, student of movement, and outdoor explorer in the Pacific Northwest

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