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    For a Better Work Out, Think Like a Kid

    enSeptember 20, 2023

    Podcast Summary

    • Discovering the joys of primal play for better healthIncorporate more playful activities into life, prioritize primal movements, and explore environment to improve health and wellbeing

      Instead of relying on technology or willpower to increase physical activity, we should look to the intrinsic motivation of play. Darryl Edwards, a former investment banker turned movement coach, shares his personal health scare that led him to prioritize movement and discover the joys of primal play. He suggests incorporating more playful activities into our lives, such as embracing primal movements and getting over the fear of looking goofy. By making regular activities more playful and exploring our capabilities and environment, we can improve our health and overall wellbeing.

    • Western countries face a major health issue with physical inactivityDespite technology, only a small percentage of adults and children meet physical activity guidelines, leading to serious health issues and significant healthcare costs.

      Physical inactivity is a major health issue in Western countries, with a significant number of adults and children not meeting the recommended physical activity guidelines. This sedentary lifestyle leads to serious health consequences, including an increased risk of premature death, obesity, heart disease, type two diabetes, and various cancers. The numbers are getting worse, with children being even less active than adults. Despite our reliance on technology to make our lives easier, it has not been an effective solution to increase physical activity levels. Only 5-8% of children and 23-33% of adults in Western countries meet the physical activity guidelines, and most of that activity is just aerobic. The consequences of this inactivity are costing healthcare systems significantly. To reverse this trend, it's crucial to prioritize physical activity and find ways to integrate it into our busy lives.

    • Understanding the reasons behind physical inactivityBiological and evolutionary reasons contribute to physical inactivity, and sustainable solutions are needed to address the root causes.

      Despite the availability of technology like wearables to encourage physical activity and the understanding of its importance, the issue of physical inactivity persists. Wearable technology, while helpful, often fails to inspire consistent use due to the distraction of notifications and a short honeymoon period. Willpower, another potential solution, is not sustainable in the long term as our bodies and minds are wired to seek comfort and conserve energy. To effectively address physical inactivity, it's essential to understand the biological and evolutionary reasons behind it and explore holistic solutions that address the root causes.

    • Incorporating play into daily routines for effective movementStudies show that fun and exploration during physical activities motivate higher intensity engagement, making it enjoyable and effective for increasing movement.

      Our ancient ancestors relied on necessity to move and stay active, while modern-day individuals often rely on willpower which can easily turn into won't power due to various obstacles and the convenience of modern life. Instead, incorporating more play into our daily routines can help inspire us to move more naturally and effectively. Studies have shown that when people are motivated by fun and exploration during physical activities, they tend to engage in them at higher intensities, making it a more effective and enjoyable way to increase movement.

    • Playful movement enhances creativity, reduces stress, improves social interactions, and elevates moodIncorporating playful movement into our daily lives as adults can lead to enhanced creativity, reduced stress, improved social interactions, and the release of feel-good hormones like endorphins, serotonin, dopamine, and oxytocin.

      Incorporating playful movement into our daily lives as adults can have numerous benefits beyond just physical activity. According to the discussion, engaging in playful movement can enhance creativity, reduce stress, improve social interactions, and elevate mood through the release of endorphins, serotonin, dopamine, and oxytocin. To find activities that bring joy and promote playful movement, it can be helpful to reflect on childhood experiences and identify what brought us the most joy during physical activity. By making these activities more prominent in our adult lives, we can increase our overall movement repertoire and experience the added benefits of play.

    • Incorporating joy and playfulness into daily routinesAdopting a playful mindset and involving children can boost physical activity levels and overall well-being.

      Incorporating childlike joy and playfulness into our daily routines can significantly improve our physical activity levels and overall well-being. By looking back at our childhood experiences and identifying activities that brought us joy, we can model those behaviors as adults without being childish. This can be as simple as changing our mindset and attitude towards physical activities, making them more enjoyable and less burdensome. Additionally, involving children in our activities can benefit both us and them, as they look to us as role models for adult life. Play is not just an activity, but an attitude, and by adopting a more playful mindset, even mundane tasks can become more enjoyable and engaging.

    • Turning physical activities into games boosts enjoyment and motivationIntroducing competition and play elements can increase dopamine and endorphin production, making activities more enjoyable and motivating, especially for children.

      Turning physical activities into games can make them more enjoyable and motivating, leading to immediate and long-term benefits. By introducing elements of competition and play, individuals can experience increased dopamine and endorphin production, which can provide instant gratification and improve mood. This approach can be particularly effective for encouraging children to engage in physical activity, as they often prefer immediate rewards and enjoyment. Additionally, looking beyond traditional ways of interacting with the environment and finding creative ways to challenge oneself can lead to increased movement and overall well-being. Embracing playfulness and silliness, rather than worrying about what others may think, can also inspire others and lead to new opportunities.

    • Embrace Play and Primal Movements for Personal GrowthPlay and primal movements are crucial for joy, wisdom, social connection, physical strength, and functional independence. Engage in activities that bring joy, learn from others, and practice primal movements like crawling, climbing, jumping, and lifting.

      Play and primal movements are essential for personal growth and overall well-being. Play, as mentioned, is a primal instinct that not only brings joy but also wisdom and social connection. It's important to give ourselves and others permission to engage in playful activities, observe others, and learn from them. Primal movements, on the other hand, are universal movement patterns that humans evolved to do. By refraining from taking part in these activities, we start to lose the ability to perform them, leading to physical and functional decline. Engaging in primal movements like crawling, climbing, jumping, and lifting can help build functional strength, improve mobility and flexibility, and mimic our evolutionary past. Embracing play and primal movements can lead to a more fulfilling and independent lifestyle as we age.

    • Incorporate primal movements for better healthPrimal movements like bear crawls and balance exercises boost cognitive and physical health, challenging coordination and promoting brain cell growth.

      Engaging in a variety of primal movements, such as bear crawls and balance exercises, can significantly benefit both physical and cognitive health as we age. These movements, which may seem simple or easy, challenge our coordination and cognitive abilities, leading to improved brain health and the growth of new brain cells. By incorporating these activities into our daily routine and adding layers of complexity, we can maintain physical and mental fitness in a fun and sustainable way. Remember, the perceived difficulty of an exercise can vary, so don't underestimate the challenge of a bear crawl or other primal movements. Embrace the playful nature of these activities and reap the rewards for your overall well-being.

    • Incorporating joy and creativity in movement practicesExplore different movement intensities, involve others, and find joy in practices to ensure long-term commitment and growth.

      Incorporating a playful and creative approach to mobility and movement practices can lead to better overall health and fitness. Daryl Edwards, the founder of Primal Play, emphasizes the importance of adapting our movement routines to our current capabilities and embracing various intensities, rather than fixating on max intensity or complete relaxation. By exploring different aspects of movement and involving others, we can maintain and sustain our practice and learn valuable lessons from childhood experiences. Edwards encourages people to prioritize movement and explore resources like his website, primalplay.com, for evidence-based insights and his program, the Primal Play Method. His books, "Animal Moves" for adults and a children's picture book, offer practical ways to embrace movement and reduce sedentary habits. Overall, Edwards emphasizes the importance of finding joy and creativity in movement practices to ensure long-term commitment and growth.

    • Apply the lessons learned from the podcastShare the show with others, provide a review, and explore the website for more resources to apply the lessons in daily life.

      Brett McKay encourages listeners to not only consume the information they hear on the podcast but also apply it to their daily lives. He emphasizes the significance of sharing the show with others and providing a review to help spread the message. Additionally, the podcast's website, artofmanliness.com, offers thousands of articles and archives for further exploration on various topics. By engaging with the content and sharing it with others, listeners can continue to learn and grow. Remember, the true value lies in implementing the lessons learned, not just in listening to them.

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