I counsel clients to reconnect with what it feels like to be fit and active again. It is a long slow process for many, but for some it is a fantastic rejuvenation. Many were never active and never really played physically. For these people I do my best to be positive and playful myself, but all safely and professionally.
One way I do this is by handing new clients a jump rope. They usually say, “I haven’t done this since I was little!” Then they realize that what they did for fun can still be fun and exercise at the same time.
I encourage them to laugh and I laugh as well. I believe laughter is important to helping people get back into the mindset of play.
Play is a mindset that all can take on when the environment is right. We as health proffesionals must create the environment.
It is all in how we approach the clients “work out”. We can have it be spread sheets and all about numbers or we can choose to make it about health. Fun and play are critical to our health as a society. More so now than ever. If a client comes to you after they get out of their accounting job and all you do is crunch sets and reps and numbers are you really doing that client justice? Are you giving them what they need? Or are you just giving them more work.
In Stuart Brown’s book “Play”, He describes how dogs go about play. If you watch two dogs about to play. They first bow down and get a playful stance. Signaling to the other that play is about to commence.
So bow down to your client, and bring your own playful spirit. I will bet they will bow right back and “Play” will just happen