ACSM Encourages Adults to Get Out and Play

Bored with your workout? Tired of being stuck indoors on the treadmill? Now that it’s spring, head outside and play.

To add some fun to your normal workout, recall your favorite activities from childhood. Did you look forward to dance class? Sign up for some hip-hop or aerobic dance classes at a local dance studio or gym. If you enjoyed playing on a school sports team, join an adult recreational league. Were you a restless kid that liked to explore and seek out adventure? Try rock climbing or going for a hike.

Experts from the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) say adults need regular playtime as well. Taking a break can be good for your body and mind. For instance, instead of spending your lunch hour checking email or trying to get more followers on Twitter, grab some co-workers and head to the park. Play a game of catch or hang around on the monkey bars at the playground. Even 10 to 15 minutes of play can help you feel reenergized and ready to tackle the rest of your day.

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