If you have read any of my articles over the last few years you know that you'll find some where I give off high levels of enthusiasm and have a taste for the imagination and the spirit of adventure. Fitness for me is a way to have fun, something to enjoy and play out. Most have a hardcore mentality and take exercise way too damn seriously. There's nothing wrong with discipline and practice but if you can't get any excitement out of it what the hell is it really worth.
Many times I have written the importance and benefits of Animal Exercise and why it is my all-time favorite method. I've done many methods that have their purpose but I always seem to go back to the animals because that is the ultimate adventure. No strict structure or routine, just roll (literally) with the animal that comes to you. Making a game out of it brings fun and mystery to exercise. You never know what you're in for and because of the awkward movements, it's never the same every time. That's the beauty of play and making it exciting, it brings new meaning to go out and do whatever you want.
I play this one game where random animals become your biggest training session and the more you do it, the more fun it becomes. You take a 20 sided dye and you make two rolls; one to get the animal that comes up and a second to do your reps/distance. Very simple nothing complicated or difficult. Whatever level you're at is doable. Want to make it interesting, double or triple the reps/steps that come up and you'll really push the limits of your training. Check off how many rolls you do that day and see where you're at. Start with 5 and work up to how many you think you can do. Better yet instead of counting how many rolls, set a timer and just have at it, say start with 5 minutes, build up to 10, 20 or 30 whatever you desire. Make it work for you. Play with a friend or significant other and make a contest out of it; see who can rack up the most points for example: You would roll and whatever animal comes up you do and do the amount of reps next; the other person has to do the same amount of reps. Keep Track of the points, who's ahead or behind. Go until one of you can't do it anymore.
There are many other games you can make doing this type of training. Roll and whatever animal comes up use it to play tag, you can race, jump as far as you can with the leaping animals, how many yards? Pick your favorite animals from a Disney movie or cartoon. There are literally no limits to your imagination. It's time to get back into the wild; simple, daring and something to do that you've never done before. All that and getting fit at the same time. Get the kids involved, they love imitating animals and it keeps them out of trouble. There's no other method that I have seen (and this is nearly 2 decades we're talking here) that is this much fun and uses more muscles in one shot. It brings life and enjoyment that very few other methods can touch. So put down the video games, get off the couch, get outside (or move like a caged animal at the zoo in your house) and go wild. Play, be free and have a blast. There's nothing in the world like it.
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It is important to have something to fuel the muscles after a hard fought workout so they can repair greater and get you back in the next workout or Playful Training Session. Recovery is just as important as the training itself and it's best to get the most optimal form of nutrition possible. Real Food is best but sometimes you need nutrients that you can't get from other foods. It'll help restore energy and give you optimal recovery. In the words of Nature Boy Ric Flair "To be the man, you got to beat, the man."