Of course you do!
We ran around all day, played catch, swam, danced around, rode bikes, skateboarded and bounced off the walls until we were told to stop.
Back in those days, we called what we did ‘play’ and we loved it.
Something strange happened as we become older, though. Now, as adults, we call all those things we did as a kid, ‘exercise.’ What used to make us happy and excited has somehow morphed into something many of us now loathe. If you’re one of those people who look at exercise with disdain, you have to ask yourself, ‘Okay, what’s the deal…what’s changed?”
Look, if all goes well, we’re going to grow older. What isn’t inevitable, though, is growing-up! It’s okay –in fact it’s really good for us–to embrace the mindset of a child in certain aspects of our lives. Tapping into our ‘inner youth’ allows us to accomplish what we need to do (exercise, in this case), while maintaining that air of happiness, unbridled enthusiam and fun.
Let’s delve back into the inner-workings of a typical kid—that younger person we used to be.
As a kid….
we could turn almost anything into a game.
our motto was, “Why walk when I can run!”
we knew that laughing made us feel good.
we looked for new adventures.
we knew that it was always more fun having others around.
we used our imagination.
We were darn impressive, fun-loving, little human beings back then, weren’t we? Well, I can tell you that it doesn’t have to be a past-tense, distant memory. We can bring all of the same joyful attributes back into our life right now.
Imagine if you would take each and every one of those child-like qualities and bring them into your exercise routine. (Notice I didn’t say, ‘could’ because you can!)
- You would turn working out into a game by being competitive with yourself (or your workout buddy) and shooting for new personal records. You wouldn’t forget to cheer yourself on and brag a little about what you do.
- You would approach everyday things as an opportunity to increase your fitness. You can tweak the “why walk when I can run” mindset into a “why drive when I can walk” or “why take an escalator when I can jog the stairs” strategy. But you wouldn’t stop there. You would look for ways to be more active every chance you got.
- You would put on your imaginary cape and turn into “Captain Fantastic” or “Wonder Woman” any time you wanted! You would believe in yourself and your strengths. You would rescue yourself from the Killer Couch Potato. The word, ‘impossible,’ wouldn’t be a part of your vocabulary.
Fun stuff! Like the quote pictured says: “We don’t stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing.”
I don’t know about you, but I’m going to kid-around a lot more in my life!