Children play.

Animals, too.

How about you?

When we’re young, play seems to erupt spontaneously and frequently.

As we age, the play seems to dry up. If it does happen, it is infrequent and often rigid.

It becomes less play-like.

many adults feel like they don’t have enough time for play, which is a fallacy I’ll address in a coming post

Play relieves stress and generates creative thinking and problem solving.

I love all kinds of play, especially when it is centered around movement.

Movement as play is engrossing and energizing.

This play can take the form of a game: Seeing if you can step only on roots along the trail because the dirt is “hot lava”.

It can have a competitive component: “I challenge you to balance as far as me on this railing!”

And it can have an exploratory quality: “I wonder what this posture would feel like while standing on one leg?”

Movement play allows us to explore boundaries and experiment with new ways of doing things.

It teaches us about ourselves, our abilities, and our limitations.

Shows us our weaknesses and strengths.

Being playful with movement gives us an opportunity to fulfill our need for novel experiences while improving our well-being.