Play is often seen as a luxury and we try a “fit” into the week. Being play-deprived is similar to being sleep-deprived and we all know how that make us feel grumpy, irritable, short tempered. It also causes issues both mentally and physically. The same goes for days without play. Our genetic code demands that we play. When we resist play our physical, emotional and mental energies are deeply depleted and long-term can cause issues to our health.
According to Play Expert – Gina Browne, from University of McMaster, “play lowers cortisol, the stress hormone, and other inflammatory markers known as root causes of chronic disease”.
It is important to make time to play every day. And when you do – you will be adding years to your life in these precious moments. To help you commit to play every day – why not take up the 30 day challenge to engage in Play every day for 30 consecutive days. Tracking resources are available on the website at http://www.burlington.ca/play.
Coming up this week on the Play Calendar we have:
• Tri-It week at the Seniors Centre. Lots happening for all individuals 55 years of age and older to try out for FREE. Woodcarving, pickleball, table tennis, Hawaiian dancing, clogging and so much more!
• Saturday, June 14th LaSalle pool opens up for the season
• Saturday, June 14th Nelson Pool is open Saturdays until June 28th.
Also don’t forget to share how you play for a chance to win our weekly draw for a $100 Parks and Recreation Gift Certificate. Play entries may be submitted on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram using the hashtag #liveplay. More information on this is on the website. Need inspiration to get started? Check out our video “What is Play?”
Live and Play Every day!