Wednesday, July 4

Play Paleo!

Play Paleo, a hot topic in the paleo world, a hot topic in our world!


Why?  Because (quite simply) we don’t do enough and in doing that, we forget who we are and why we are here…

Take a moment and look into your life: when was the last time you caught yourself  having fun, forgetting your responsibilities and truly stepping inside the moment and really loving it?  Life is like this “smorgasbord” of delights, a garden of play; and things happen good and bad but the world keeps turning and the sun keeps rising, sometimes we get caught up in ourselves and we just stop paying attention.

And so to conventional play and "best" exercise for burn fat.  You move through the gym after a hard day at work: a bit formulaic, a bit steady: waiting for the guy in front to move on from the “pec” deck so you can throw in a dozen more reps, praying the guy ahead wipes the sweat dripping off the cross track machine and trying not to get impatient waiting again for woman to finish up on the cross bar.  And this has become our play.  Our down time: controlled, defined movement, in a box (dull, boring).  Hey open the door!

"One of the unintended consequences of decades of terrible health advice (eat low fat foods, avoid red meat and saturated fat, do endless cardio on machines while indoors) is that being healthy becomes miserable drudgery.  Good health and diet should be joyous and life affirming, if it isn't we are doing it wrong." - J Stanton Gnolls

Here at Paleo Works that quote has become our defining Self, who knows it may become our slogan.

But play is not defined, its free from form, not structured but unlimited..don’t treat it like exercise because it’s not..and goodness knows we spend too long in this life abiding by the rules of others!  This play time is for you.  Get outside your comfort zone, lighten up! Play Paleo is about dancing, running, skipping, climbing rocks and trees, chasing your loved ones (young and old) watching their faces smiling back at you when you catch them – it’s priceless..

So this is simply a short article to urge you to get outside of yourself, to lift your eyes up a little higher (off the pavement may be) and move. But most of all to have fun doing it.

Play Paleo:  what makes you feel free?

10 comments:

slcase90 said...

I love going on a great hike! Such an awesome work out, but even better, it's beautiful and peaceful out there. It's relaxing for me.

DJ said...

I like your quote about the misled health advice that causes miserable drudgery......
Just feeling it is not that easy to have fun and workout at the same time. Hiking has been a luxury for me, with one little baby. I know there are other ways to exercise in fun. For example, in China, you can see many people dance or play Tai Chi in the public area in the morning. Not sure why that can't be a phenomena here in US. It can make workout much fun then.

PaleoWorks said...

Hi DJ - that would be a truly beautiful sight ! We advocate natural movement because it is instinctive and practical to the mind. What is natural is not necessarily efficient: efficient skills are acquired through training the body and by increasing situational and environmental demands. And therein you have a workout! Strap your baby on your back and move: balancing, skipping, running, walking, hanging from a tree branch, throwing, catching, swimming , lifting: all these natural skills feel good, feel fun. And keep in touch, let us know what you discover!

PaleoWorks said...

"But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it."

This is our life, too - we have been searching long and hard, far and wide and can't help but know that paleo is bringing us home :)

Thank you

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Jen Z said...

We had a play-filled weekend with a friend visiting us from out of town. We chased our friend's kids around on the playground on Saturday and then walked to dinner, and on Sunday we went to an indoor trampoline playground. We had so much fun being kids all weekend and happily incorporate playful activities into our workouts!

Shonnie said...

That is the whole reason for all the working out my hubby and I do. so we can PLAY harder! :D So it all ends up being fun. Today ... I got out just before the rain for a walk/run. it was great!

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