Go outside and play
Remember how you used to play as a kid -- running around the neighborhood until the streetlights came on? Riding bikes, jumping ropes, hopscotch, cul-de-sac baseball/softball/kickball? Playing games that required little or no equipment, like Simon Says, Red Light/Green Light, King of the Mountain, Capture the Flag, Duck-Duck-Goose (or Grey Duck, if you hail from Minnesota) and 8,000 variations of tag?
Try to tap into that inner child and make running around, exploring your environment, and getting winded part of your everyday life.
When was the last time you went sledding or made a snow angel? Made a date with your family to go for a walk after dinner? Played Frisbee or flown a kite?
Playing isn’t just for kids. Everyone needs it. Unstructured play relieves stress, improves brain function, and boosts energy and creativity. That goes for any kind of play — board games and jigsaw puzzles and arts & crafts.
Choosing lots of active play is an even greater boon to your overall health. Naturally, making the young fry in your life part of the focus of adding more of your own play is terrific, and also can be a bridge if you really haven’t been engaging in this kind of recreation. But soloing, or grabbing some grown-up friends for a swim (Marco! Polo!), a spontaneous game of urban hide and seek, or any other activity that gets you moving is really the goal.
Here’s the gorgeous part — if you feel like a total idiot acting like a kid again, laugh at yourself. Hard. That’s great for you, too!
Where did 2015 go? Hopefully, it's been a collection of good times, good friends and a fitter YOU! No matter your fitness right now, though, you can always use a few extras in your toolbox. Or, maybe you're in the process of transforming yourself, and looking for concrete steps to help you reach your goals. We'd like to offer you 30 tips (and a bonus) to assist as we launch ourselves into 2016: