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Achieving healthy New Year's resolutions through play

It’s that time of year again. The resolve to better oneself is underway. However, as time passes we find our enthusiasm dwindling. Have you ever wondered why New Year’s resolutions are so easy to make but so difficult to keep? More often than not, it’s because we fail to introduce a fun element to the resolution, making it seem like a chore.

Play is one of our best bets at achieving a resolution. It brings us joy and enhances our quality of life. Here are some resolutions play can help us accomplish:

Losing weight
Losing weight is one of the most popular New Year resolutions. Joining a gym is another equally popular idea. How about skipping the gym and spending an hour playing outside every day instead? Chances are that we’ll enjoy it a lot more and get some fresh air, all while improving our fitness. Plus – it’s free.

Improving relationships 
Play can improve relationships. Playing with our partners, children, friends and family can be a great way of spending quality time together and reinvigorating our bond with them

Eliminating stress
We work too hard and play too little. Spending even 30 minutes a day playing or doing something recreational can take our minds off our worries and improve our state of mind

Higher productivity 
Everyone wants to be more productive. Taking part in unstructured play on a regular basis impacts the brain positively by increasing motivation and memory, driving efficiency, resulting in increased creativity and productivity

Volunteering
We often think about how we want to contribute towards society and create a positive impact. Play is the simplest and most meaningful solution. Several underserved communities around the country do not have access to unstructured, outdoor play. Identifying such communities and working with them to build play spaces and recreational zones is a great way to start volunteering

How are you planning to incorporate play to achieve your New Year’s resolutions?