I was reminded the other day that I have lost my ability to spin around and around.
We were at the park with our friends and their kids and I was on the roundabout with my son.
After a few spins I started to feel a little “whooshy”.
I knew my “spin-a-bility” was broken a few years back when we were in Longleat but I had pushed it to the back of my mind.
We love Longleat and went every year when Louis was a bit younger.
It was a hot day and we had been around the “safari” park nice and early and seen the Lions so my step daughter and I went on one of those simulator machines, I didn’t give it a second thought.
We took our seats right at the front and the door closed.
I think it simulated a fast car chase but can’t be sure to this day.
After about 60 seconds I knew I was struggling.
I broke out into a cold sweat and my mouth was watering, it was only a matter of time until I was going to be sick.
As I looked around, I saw it in front of me.
The emergency stop button.
I wanted to push it straight away but hesitated because I didn’t want to look like a wimp.
But a few twists and turns later and I had no choice – so I pressed it.
The ride stopped immediately.
Everyone inside looked around to see what was wrong.
The door opened and the teenage attendant said “does someone need to come out?” in a patronising voice probably aimed at the children.
Up I stood.
Ashamed, I staggered to the back and stepped outside where the people queuing could see a “green/gray” faced man struggling down the steps.
Yeah yeah, funny I know, my wife and step daughter certainly thought so.
I’m telling you this as I believe it’s very important not to lose the ability to play – and not just with your kids.
Adult play (not that kind) is just as important.
We all need to play more.
My son is reminding me about this stuff.
We have a swing ball – that’s gone down a storm.
A week or two ago we had a basketball basket put up out the back.
We have played on it loads and my wife and I have both thoroughly enjoy it.
Playing helps me forget for a while.
It helps me be “in the moment” and not in the past or the future.
You should give it a try.
Buy a swing ball.
It doesn’t have to be physical.
You could play Jenga or Card games.
“Colouring in” is also very therapeutic.
Adult life, it seems to me, can be very serious.
Playing games will get you laughing and help you to forget the serious side of life, for a little while at least.
Give it a try.
Rich “I’m just a big kid” Clarke
PS – In the podcast this week we talk about:
– Upper body exercises you can do at home
– Local allergists/dieticians to help with food intolerances
– Should you take time off training to break through a plateau?
– The bets ways to naturally improve physique
– How to speed up recovery from an achilles injury
And a lot more in between as usual!