Playing vs. Exercise

@just4him (120299)
Green Bay, Wisconsin
January 5, 2016 3:05pm CST
As a kid I was very active. I played outside all day long, went swimming in summer and sledding and ice skating in winter. I walked to my girlfriend's house or took my bike and she lived about five miles out in the country. I didn't think anything about all the walking I did. Today I am not at all active and need to start exercising. I was thinking about the difference between playing and exercise over the past couple days. When you play you use every muscle you have. My muscles were never tired or sore the next day and I was ready to go out and play some more. If we engaged in the same kind of play as we did as kids, we wouldn't need all the exercise we pay tons for at gyms. Now granted I'm not ten years old anymore and neither are you, but what happens when we get out there and play with our grandchildren? Other than the fact we get tired easy, we have a lot of fun, and it doesn't feel like exercise. I think it's time to start playing again. I know that when I played as a kid I never had a weight problem. In fact I never had a weight problem until I went to college and sat in class the entire day and gained seventy-five pounds by the end of the first year. If the NFL can engage kids in Play 60 I think I can spend one hour playing as well. I know it will take time to work up to 60 minutes, but I know I can do it. It's time to engage in reverse exercise here. It's time to play again. Thanks for reading. Image courtesy of Pixabay
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42 responses
• United States
5 Jan 16
I'm not going to call it exercise anymore! You reminded me of the difference! Play = Fun and Exercise = Pain! Now all exercise is to be called play!! LOL
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@just4him (120299)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
5 Jan 16
Only if done in the name of FUN.
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@ramapo17 (24537)
• Melbourne, Florida
5 Jan 16
@Berniezeitler that is one way of looking at it. I have to remember that the painful exercise is fun.
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@Freelanzer (9353)
• Canada
5 Jan 16
It is better to keep fit by doing something that is fun. I love dancing and it is a great way to exercise as well
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@just4him (120299)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
5 Jan 16
Yes, it would be.
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@ramapo17 (24537)
• Melbourne, Florida
5 Jan 16
You are right. If you don't enjoy something then it is no fun in it.
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• United States
7 Jan 16
@freelanzer dancing is so much fun even if you blast the music and dance around the house
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@Missmwngi (10637)
• Nairobi, Kenya
5 Jan 16
Mmmh get playing though it can never be as intense as when one is a child
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@just4him (120299)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
5 Jan 16
Maybe not as intense, but it can still be fun.
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@Missmwngi (10637)
• Nairobi, Kenya
5 Jan 16
@just4him I agree, Fun and also healthy
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@fishtiger58 (30337)
• Momence, Illinois
5 Jan 16
I love to camp and fish. And camping is hard work. But of course I don't camp all the time. I do love playing with my sisters grandkids though. They exhaust me. They are 5, 4 and 2 all girls.
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@just4him (120299)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
5 Jan 16
I imagine they do. Camping is hard work. I haven't camped since I was a kid, and intend to keep it that way.
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@fishtiger58 (30337)
• Momence, Illinois
5 Jan 16
@just4him I love to camp, hear the fish splashing in the lake and birds chirping while having my morning coffee.
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@ramapo17 (24537)
• Melbourne, Florida
5 Jan 16
@just4him My husband and I had a few RV's and we loved traveling around in them. I always wanted to travel a lot more in them but time and money would not permit that. We sold the last one before moving down to Florida.
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@Elizaby (3696)
• Pensacola, Florida
5 Jan 16
I have a friend who does water aerobics for seniors and lost a good bit of weight. It is inexpensive and not hard on the legs or knees
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@just4him (120299)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
5 Jan 16
I've done water aerobics and it is a lot easier than regular and as you said a lot easier on the knees.
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@ramapo17 (24537)
• Melbourne, Florida
5 Jan 16
@Elizaby that sounds like fun and it is nice that it is easier on the knees. I do need that.
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@just4him (120299)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
5 Jan 16
@ramapo17 So do I.
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@Jessicalynnt (47895)
• Centralia, Missouri
5 Jan 16
the idea of playing is way more enticing than exercising
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@just4him (120299)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
5 Jan 16
Yes it is
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@ramapo17 (24537)
• Melbourne, Florida
5 Jan 16
I agree with you on this one @Jessicalynnt. Unfortunately my grandsons live in New Jersey and I now live in Florida. Before we moved here over a year ago, I always had my grandsons around to play with and I did have lots of fun.
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@just4him (120299)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
5 Jan 16
@ramapo17 It's been a while since I played with my grandchildren. They're all adults now. However, I do have two great granddaughters I can look forward to playing with this summer as they are getting to that age where they will be outside playing more. They are 2 & 1.
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@Platespinner (16783)
• Winston Salem, North Carolina
5 Jan 16
Camping, hiking, swimming in the summertime, cycling...all stuff that I consider play, all stuff that is good exercise. Of course a lot of work is good exercise too; cutting the lawn with a push mower, shoveling snow, raking leaves, hauling firewood, gardening, vacuuming. I guess that all explains why I have a rather high metabolism .
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@just4him (120299)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
5 Jan 16
I would say you have a high metabolism I'm surprised you can sit still long enough to blog
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• Winston Salem, North Carolina
5 Jan 16
@just4him I'm fairly active most of the time, but it's good to sit down and give my brain a bit of a workout as well!
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@just4him (120299)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
5 Jan 16
@Platespinner I'm always engaged in that kind of exercise. I'm sure your children also keep you active.
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@DaddyEvil (25103)
• Aurora, Missouri
5 Jan 16
I do hope this works for you, Valerie! It sounds like you are on a back-to-my-roots campaign except you are returning to childhood.... I am very curious if calling exercise play instead will motivate you more than simply calling it exercise does? I'm thinking you will need to make yourself believe it really is play for it to work. I'll patiently wait to hear about your positive outcome while I am cheering you on, hon! Good luck! Thanks to @BernieZ for suggesting this discussion to me. I appreciate it!
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@just4him (120299)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
5 Jan 16
Thanks. I hope it works too.
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@DaddyEvil (25103)
• Aurora, Missouri
5 Jan 16
@just4him I do hope you will keep us updated on this, Valerie. You are very welcome!
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@just4him (120299)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
7 Jan 16
@DaddyEvil While I was watching the kids play tonight, and even kicked at one of the beach balls being used in the game, I realized it has been a very long time since I did any kind of kicking.
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@garymarsh6 (14263)
• United Kingdom
5 Jan 16
Swimming is a very good form of exercise. You can work yourself up gradually!
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@just4him (120299)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
5 Jan 16
Unless I get a gym membership, I won't be swimming any time soon, but I do intend to get out and do whatever kind of play I can to get back in shape again.
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@garymarsh6 (14263)
• United Kingdom
5 Jan 16
@just4him Don't over do it just build yourself up slowly.
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@just4him (120299)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
5 Jan 16
@garymarsh6 Nothing will be done fast. Though I do get to play with kids on Wednesday nights again at the church youth program I'm a leader for starting tomorrow.
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@GardenGerty (100387)
• United States
6 Jan 16
Wonderful post and great truth. I read about a young mom once who just followed her kids around for a month and lost lots of weight. Not only does playing help your physical heart it helps your heart, your emotions, your spirit.
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@just4him (120299)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
6 Jan 16
When I was a young Mom, I did the same thing and never gained any weight. Doing the same now, should have the same results.
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@andriaperry (53310)
• United States
5 Jan 16
That is what I am trying to do with the dogs instead of walking on a thread mill in the house.
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@just4him (120299)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
5 Jan 16
I'm sure the dogs see that as fun too. Especially when they see other dogs and squirrels and you go for a run instead of a walk.
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@Plethos (10310)
• United States
5 Jan 16
id rather play than exercise. when you exercise, it feels as if its labor. where as when you play, youre having fun and at the same time, without knowing, youre also exercising- 2 birds with one stone kind of thing.
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@just4him (120299)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
5 Jan 16
And if you tell yourself you're playing it won't feel like exercise.
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@alberello75 (17980)
• Genova, Italy
5 Jan 16
Well, in my opinion I conclude that, however, at a certain age, we are unable to make those games we played as children.
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@just4him (120299)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
6 Jan 16
You're right. There is no way I will ever play hopscotch again, but I can still have fun with my grandchildren.
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@ramapo17 (24537)
• Melbourne, Florida
7 Jan 16
Maybe we can't play the way we use to but with some imagination we can move more than we do now.
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@ramapo17 (24537)
• Melbourne, Florida
5 Jul 17
@just4him Me to?. I enjoy both of my grandsons. I do miss when they were smaller. I had a lot of fun with them.
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@jstory07 (68290)
• Roseburg, Oregon
6 Jan 16
I get my exercise by going for a half hour walk every day.
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@just4him (120299)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
6 Jan 16
That's really good. Hopefully some day I can work my way up to that.
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@ramapo17 (24537)
• Melbourne, Florida
7 Jan 16
I use to have the exercise ball and as I was on the computer I would sit on it and roll back and forth and sideways and it did help. When we moved I deflated it and when I tried to blow it up I found that I lost the screw to cap it off so the air won't stay in. I think this week I will go buy another one as it really helped me.
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@just4him (120299)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
7 Jan 16
@ramapo17 I had one, but gave it away. I really should get another.
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@ElicBxn (60884)
• United States
6 Jan 16
I loved to play, but I don't have any playmates... not so much fun playing by yourself...
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@ramapo17 (24537)
• Melbourne, Florida
7 Jan 16
Go to a playground and go on the swings or to a pool. Anything you do in the pool is fun and is exercise.
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@just4him (120299)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
7 Jan 16
I'm a loner and that never bothered me, but once you go you will find others to play with. I always did.
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@ElicBxn (60884)
• United States
7 Jan 16
@ramapo17 I get motion sick on swings and I don't really like to swim - I can but I don't like it... besides, I have fibromyalgia, makes it hard to even have fun some days.
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@cacay1 (33002)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
6 Jan 16
Our body is so demanding,and sometimes we have to listen to our body.
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@ramapo17 (24537)
• Melbourne, Florida
7 Jan 16
That is true but sometimes we use it as an excuse not to do anything and eventually shrivel up on the couch, hahaha.
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@just4him (120299)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
7 Jan 16
@cacay1 Yes we do.
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@just4him (120299)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
7 Jan 16
@ramapo17 Also true. So we need a happy medium.
@dodoazo (20297)
• Philippines
6 Jan 16
There is a big difference between playing and exercise. I got the same experience with you that in my early kid days I was so active, energetic, full of vigor and life. But now I am old, 64 years old. Playing is not too serious and active as before. Now exercise comes in to tone my weak muscles, to invigorate my energy through simple exercise. The least exercise I could ever do is early morning brisk walking and be conscious of my food intake. I enjoy my happy living with my very loving and understanding wife.
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@just4him (120299)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
6 Jan 16
I agree and I need to get back to that simple playful exercise. A good walk, and watching what I eat are a big part of being healthy and having fun in life and living longer.
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@dodoazo (20297)
• Philippines
6 Jan 16
@just4him By the way, I miss scriptural account. Do you write them still?
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@just4him (120299)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
6 Jan 16
@dodoazo Every day.
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@marlina (74866)
• Canada
6 Jan 16
How about simply walking? I started a little club here called #Mylot Walking Club". You are very much welcomed to join us and write about your new beginning.
@just4him (120299)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
6 Jan 16
Sounds like fun. I haven't started walking yet, but I should be soon. My leg is almost ready for that kind of exercise.
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@marlina (74866)
• Canada
8 Jan 16
@just4him And you did use your treadmill which is very good.
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@just4him (120299)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
8 Jan 16
@marlina Thank you.
• United States
7 Jan 16
I like your theory that playing is exercise but fun. Sadly there isn't much I can do today that I used to do at 10 yrs old. My days of sledding, skating and rolling down a hill are long gone but fond memories. If you can go out and play I say go for it!!! Keep young physically& mentally
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@just4him (120299)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
4 Jul 17
I remember those good old days of rolling down hills, sledding, and ice skating. There are other kinds of playing that we can do. I haven't done it yet. Seems I should look into it. I didn't realize I missed these comments. Sorry it took so long to get back to it.
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@slund2041 (3377)
• United States
6 Jan 16
I know my health has a lot to do with my activity. When I keep my little cousins I have to take a lot of breaks from playing with them, because I tire out so easy. I am asthmatic as well as a ton of other health issues.
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@just4him (120299)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
6 Jan 16
Health issues can cause a lot of problems especially when we play or exercise.