Recess 101: Let The Games Begin

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Recess 101: Let The Games Begin

Have fun like you did when you were a kid…  it’s OK, really!

Remember waiting for the recess bell to ring and running out on to the playground and grinning from ear to ear?  Perhaps it was to get to the tetherball court first or to your favorite swing.  Whatever it was, you probably weren’t thinking “ugh, I’ve got to go move my body and try to burn some calories!”  So, why did that all change?  As we continued through school, recess became breaks between classes and later in life we got a 10 minute break every 4 hours or so.  No more swing sets or tetherball courts at the workplace.  Or maybe…

Google employees have a lot to smile about. Boasting an in-office slide, Ping-Pong tables, and scooters to make it to meetings on time, Google HQ considers play a top priority.  

Nike allots time for fitness during the workday at its many courts and studios — basketball, racquetball, squash, track, tennis courts, a swimming pool, weight rooms, a 34-foot climbing wall, and a Tour de France “simulator”.

With a heavily subsidized salad bar and junk-less vending machines, the men and women at General Mills know the importance of eating their Wheaties. To help employees fit in an end-of-the-week workout, the food giant holds Fitness Friday events including lunchtime kickball, snowshoeing, basketball, dodge ball, and cross-country skiing.

So, why not incorporate something we did so well as kids, into a daily routine as an adult? Playing games, running, jumping, swimming, climbing, whatever your favorite part of recess was, can be again.  Adults playing sports they associate with elementary and middle school gym class is not uncommon. Adult kickball and dodge ball leagues have sprouted nationwide in the last 10 years.  So no matter where you work or who you work for, you make the decision on how you spend your free time and it doesn’t have to have the label of “work-out” or “exercise”.  Make it fun!  Call it recess if you’d like.  Bring out that inner child and go to bed tired because you played so hard!

To get you started, here are a few suggestions from Wendie:

•    Tug-o-war and Lawn Bowling
•    Tailgate Toss Cornhole Shields
•    Bring a jump rope or hula hoop to work. Try jumping or hooping for 10 minutes for a good    cardio workout
•    Hit some tennis balls on the side of the building during a break
•    Got skates – inline or 4-wheeled – use them