John Hancock

Get Fit Like a Kid

Exercise is vitally important for your physical and mental wellbeing, but not everyone is a fan of the classics: running, yoga, or weight-training. For some, the trick to getting fitness into their daily routine is finding an activity that burns calories and builds muscle—but doesn’t feel like capital-E exercise.

A lot of healthy activity without being aware of exercising? Sounds familiar. Isn’t that... childhood?

So get back to what worked for you then. Make fun your primary focus, and let the health benefits follow.

If you’re a sporty type, look for an adult kickball league, company softball team, or arrange a basketball game with a group of friends.

If you’re less of a sporty type, maybe a dance class is in order. Not a fitness dance class—a real ballet, jazz, or hip-hop class for adult beginners.

And if neither of those sound appealing, take the most old-fashioned route: Play catch, tag, or Red Light Green Light with some actual kids. Your kids. Your kids’ kids. Your neighbors’ kids.

Or, you know, with other grownups who just need the exercise.

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