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.
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.