Benefits of Play

Posted: Mar 28 in Bounce by

A typical prescription for weight loss includes just two orders: eat less and get more exercise. Medical weight loss plans provide you with tools to help you control your appetite and eat less while encouraging you to become more active. Exercising proves to be problematic for many people, because many suffering from obesity have no experience, and exercise routines offer a mixture of discomfort, pain, and boredom. It is really no wonder that so many people fail to get the minimum amount of recommended exercise.

Learning and Relearning Play

Observations of children have resulted in some profound conclusions. For instance, they instinctively breathe through the diaphragm, a trait that many forget over years of holding in the stomach and inflating the chest to make their bodies appear more like popular role models. Breathing through the diaphragm has been shown to increase circulation and aid in digestion. Another observation is that young children are rarely sedentary. They are bundles of energy, constantly ready to play.

Studies have shown that the impulse to play, just as the impulse to breathe through the diaphragm, is instinctive. That means it derives from the same part of the brain that governs the beating of the heart and sleepiness. Rough and tumble play is the original exercise. As young children get older, their play instinct becomes increasingly cornered into rule-oriented sports and, especially for girls, subverted by a cultural paradigm that says rough and tumble play is unladylike.

Holistic Exercise

Play serves a physical function by keeping muscles toned and reflexes sharp. It also serves social and psychological functions throughout life–not only during the first few years. It helps people to learn and practice attitudes such as trust, empathy and resiliency. Playing with a child is a great start, but anyone with an imagination can be included.

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