Are You Making THIS Common Workout Mistake?
We are super excited to introduce to you our dear friend, Mateo Daniel. He is truly the epitome of “The Playful Warrior”. He brings so much love and energy to everyone he meets and has reminded us of the importance of PLAY in our lives and for our health! I used to think playing was for kiddos and those lucky people that had the luxury of extra time on their hands…now I realize how important it is for us all to PLAY! Life is so much more fun this way!
We love Mateo’s perspective on life, play and movement. Check out the article below!
Are You Making THIS Common Workout Mistake?
Recently a friend dropped in for a visit. As an online entrepreneur, he works hard, and his hard work yields him a lot of financial success. As a fitness fanatic & former personal trainer, his hard work yields him a phenomenal physique. This dude is impressive on several levels. From the outside, he sure seems to have it all figured out.
However, he showed up at my door tired & burnt out, with circles under his eyes and heaviness in his step. When I asked him what was wrong, he looked at me & said, “I’m not having fun any more.”
There’s a lot of talk these days about the best ways to burn fat, build muscle, conquer depression and live a long & healthy life. Given the fact that the majority of people in the U.S. suffer from heart disease, high blood pressure, obesity & other symptoms of a life largely spent in sedentary pursuits (overeating, drinking too much, sitting around watching Netflix, etc), these are timely conversations.
However, almost everyone is missing the point.
Sure, you can switch your diet to burn more fat. You can optimize your workouts to maximize your gains, and there are plenty of ways you can mask your sadness. But if your “healthy lifestyle” is just something else to stress about, you’re highly likely to return to your old coping mechanisms…like overeating, drinking too much & sitting around watching Netflix.
Stop worrying about your weight.
Stop obsessing over the most efficient workout.
Quit trying to be perfect, and just start enjoying your life.
Now before you get your undies in a bunch, I’m not telling you to stop being active & healthy. Quite the contrary.
What I’d like to see you do is go outside, run around with your friends, climb a tree or two & see what your miraculous body is capable of.
Because, here’s the deal…too many of us have turned “being healthy” into another chore. Something to do when the workday is over. Another obligation to add to the never-ending list.
Even worse, many have made it an ideal to pursue at some future date.
“Once my schedule frees up a bit, I’m going to really dive in & get healthy.”
“One day, I’m going to find a good exercise regime & stick with it.”
“As soon as I get through the holidays, I’m going to lose weight & get RIPPED.”
You & I both know that it’s not working. Not for them, not for you…nobody.
But before we get to that, let’s drop in on our ancestors for a quick visit…
Unless your grandfather’s great grandmother’s great, great, great, great grandfather was preparing for battle or conditioning for a particular athletic competition, he probably didn’t “work out.”
Like other animals of their day, our ancestors exerted themselves chasing one another, wrestling, exploring nature & improving their weapon-wielding capabilities. Sure, they got stronger by moving heavy stones in order to build a home or fence in a flock, but they also frequently danced in ceremony & rough-housed with their family & friends.
It’s only been within the last handful of generations that we’ve given up our natural patterns in exchange for modern conveniences & luxury gyms.
We, as a species, have worked hard to get to this point. Most of us no longer have to build our own homes. We no longer have to lift heavy stones to fence in our flocks. We don’t have to fortify our villages against raiding hordes, or break up the earth and run long distances to grow & catch our own food.
Since we don’t have to work as hard, we sit a lot more. We also stress over what we “should” be doing with all this free time. So we invent more responsibilities to fill our time, and our stress levels elevate on the daily.
STOP doing all that stuff & JUST PLAY.
Play is easy. Play is good for you. Play has been clinically proven to improve cognitive development & cerebral function. It’s been shown to build strong social bonds while boosting physical performance. Play is the best way to continue growing, all the way to the grave.
Most importantly, play is fun.
When you’re having fun, you’re going to keep going. You don’t even realize you’re exercising, because you’re too busy having fun. Then your stress levels drop, which means that your cortisol decreases, and your troublesome belly fat starts melting.
Speaking of lower stress & a slimmer waistline…being playful also makes you sexy as hell.
Think about it. One of the most cliché reasons given for a woman’s choice of one man over another is, “He makes me laugh.”
When my guy friends get excited about a girl, “She’s a lot of fun,” is one of the first things they tell me.
Survey says…Humans really like playful humans.
Consider this…if you were at home with your partner, which would be more attractive?
- Your partner vegging out on the couch watching YouTube videos…OR…Your partner sitting on the couch playing guitar & singing songs to you?
- Your partner out in the backyard stressing on the phone over work…OR…Your partner out in the back yard climbing trees?
- Your partner at the kitchen table writing endless lists of things that need to get done…OR…Your partner at the kitchen table writing poems & short stories?
Starting to get the picture? No matter how you slice it, play makes you a sexier, more attractive creature. Pretty great, huh?
Now, back to burning fat, building muscle & getting healthy…
You may already be playing when you go to the gym. Some people play by finding new ways to throw a kettlebell. They get great joy from discovering interconnected planes & vectors of movement. They hit the treadmill because they LOVE to run…maybe they’re even fleeing from imaginary dragons.
If that’s the case for you, then keep playing, Player.
However, if you’re going to the gym just because you’re supposed to…
If restricting your caloric intake is sucking all the joy out of your life…
If trying to get it all right makes you feel like you’re always doing it wrong…
Then quit working out. Quit stressing over stupid stuff. Get outside & go play with your friends.
An afternoon spent goofing off in the park did the trick for my overworked friend, and I promise it can improve your routine as well.
If you need a little extra support, then check out the PLAY Acro Festival, where you’ll find plenty of play enthusiasts who can help you bring more fun & joy back into your life & your practice. Play on.
article written by: Mateo Daniel