By Miranda Massie on June 5, 2018
The sun is out, the air has warmed, and it’s the perfect time to incorporate a little play into our lives. Being a grown-up and a professional doesn’t mean that we can’t infuse our days with some fun. Here are a few ways to bring recess back into your life.
Week 1: Join Yoga on the Mall
Take a break from your work day and participate in Yoga on the Mall, a fun and free group yoga class. Can’t make the mall? Look for other classes near your workplace, home or neighbourhood that take place outside.
Week 2: Up Your Lawn Game IQ
Fitting in fitness doesn’t need to be overly strenuous. Lawn games are a great way to keep active while socializing with people of all ages. Check out this Family Education list of the top 10 backyard party games for all ages and consider adding one or two to your next BBQ or group event.
Week 3: Playgrounds Aren’t Just for Kids
Playgrounds are fun places to spend time no matter what age you are. They also offer an opportunity to spice up an otherwise boring workout. Discover how to use swings and jungle gyms to your advantage with this Full Body Playground Workout from Parents.com.
No playground around, or perhaps it’s full of kids? Try these 17 Picnic Bench Exercises from RedefiningStrength.com.
Week 4: Get Some Extra Credit
Did you know you’re already benefitting from many of the chores or activities you already participate in? Cleaning, gardening, walking the dog and even shopping are some of the ways you are already fitting in fitness, so keep up the great work!
Calories burned during leisure and routine activities (Harvard Health)
Photo Credit: UBC Communications and Marketing
By Miranda Massie on June 7, 2017
Where in the grown-up handbook does it say that we have to take ourselves seriously all of the time? Aside from the very obvious benefit of play (it’s fun!), there is a growing body of research linking play in adults to increased creativity, stress relief, positive relationships and increased co-operation.
Week 1: Go play outside
Grab a Frisbee, bocce set or soccer ball and venture outside. Take a 30-minute break to kick a ball around or enjoy a quick game with colleagues outside the office. These are great and inclusive low- or no-cost activities.
Week 2: Make it a family affair
Try exploring new ways to incorporate fitness into family time. You can play outdoor games, go on beachfront or neighbourhood explorations or play fitness games like the one shown in the video below. You can also take full advantage of walks and play time with pets. It can be exercise for you too!
Week 3: Explore the outdoors with lunchtime bootcamps
Enjoy UBC’s campus, beaches and trails while increasing your cardio, strength, core and flexibility. Start dates: June 21 and July 24.
Week 4: Find your friends
Want to explore the BC wilderness, but don’t know who to go with, where to go or what to do? Consider joining Wanderung, an email-based mailing list that helps connect you with others across the city to organize or join hikes and cycle trips.