Thursday, January 29, 2009

Dance like no one is watching....

Many of you know by now that my trainer has also started his own blog. As a dedicated client and avid fan, I'll often post responses on his blog, and will duplicate them here... simply because I think I have some interesting things to say.

So, this morning Sebastien offers a really great commentary on the idea of making fitness fun, and "taking it back to the old school" with the notion of intergating 'play' into your daily life. With the idea of 'play' comes the notion of liberation... of freedom... of letting loose. Last night, I did a kickboxing training session with Sebastien that made me feel very free -- I got pushed closer to my limits, I tried new things, learned I could do things I didn't otherwise think were possible, and more than anything, it was just plain old fun. Some good old fashioned horsing around was actually what I needed at the end of a long day of driving in snowy Toronto weather... and it was an amazing workout to boot. I walked home in the snow feeling pretty damn incredible, with a smile on my face, and full of this amazingly positive energy -- not bad for a Wednesday night!

So, when I hear talk about play, I am reminded of two things: first, it makes me recall the famous quote by William Purkey: "Dance like no one is watching; love like you've never been hurt. Sing like no one is listening; live like it's heaven on earth."

Secondly, I recall the well known YouTube video of Matt Harding -- a guy who travels to every corner of the globe, dancing with people and basically having a good time. Check it out here or on his website. I know it makes me want to go out and dance....

Kia Kaha.
Stay Strong.