Ever notice how you can’t spell “workout” without the word “work?” Most of us view work as something we have to do, not necessarily something that we want to do. It’s the opposite of leisure and the killer of fun. We all know that we should exercise, but wouldn’t being active be more fun if it was less like work and more like the recess you remember as a kid where you were dying to get outside to run around and play? When kids exercise, it’s called play! When adults exercise, it’s called working out. But what if you could recapture the fun and fitness benefits of play as an adult?
Workouts that mimic the games and activities of your childhood are a hot new trend in fitness. These nostalgic exercises are becoming popular because they feel more like fun than traditional fitness and take participants back to a carefree time when they didn’t have to worry about bills, what to make for dinner or acing that presentation at work. It’s like being a kid again! Except this go around, you know that while you’re having fun, you’re also burning a bunch of calories, building muscles and strengthening your heart. Everyone wins! Continue reading for eight recess-inspired activities that are more than kid’s play!