Weekly Writing – PLAY

One of my favorite moments last summer was when we decided to take our training crew to a football field. Was it being outside that made it special? Not really. Was it doing different drills together? Not exactly. What made it one of my favorite sessions was ending training in a game of tag. As adults, we got to play.

In the New Testament Jesus questions the elders on one of their traditions regarding hand washing. He argued, “It’s not what goes into one’s mouth that makes one unclean but what comes out of his mouth, that is what makes him unclean.” (Matt. 15:11) I once heard, “Change is the price of progress.” In his book, 8 Weeks to SEALFIT, Mark Divine says, “Training isn’t working out.” We often hear people say they are going to the gym to “workout” in order to get bigger arms, more weight on their bench press or go run in order to zone out on the treadmill. But where is the play in doing those things, especially by one’s self?

When was the last time you played especially during a training session? Have you ever looked at training as an opportunity to laugh with others and have fun all because of the experience of pushing through a challenge together? I believe it’s time to challenge the traditional ways of training and begin to play, have fun and laugh while improving our over-all strength, coordination and athleticism. Here’s to leaving the old traditions of boring lifts in the past and make sure to train with a purpose today! HOOYAH!

Interested in learning more about the importance of play? Then check out these Ted Talks below. Enjoy!

Play is Vital for Us – https://www.ted.com/talks/stuart_brown_says_play_is_more_than_fun_it_s_vital

Importance of Play – https://www.ted.com/playlists/383/the_importance_of_play

Why We Laugh – https://www.ted.com/talks/sophie_scott_why_we_laugh

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