As it is with all preferences, the definition of “fun” is as varied as the people who define it. What matters in terms of effectiveness is that the means of acquiring the essential element of movement is appealing to the person engaging in the activity. As Olympic gold medalist Picabo Street says, “Fun is a primary factor in maintaining commitment and deriving the most benefit from movement: If you’re procrastinating about working out, then whatever you’re doing isn’t working for you. You need to check into something different.”
In addition to helping us to improve the shape, composition, and performance of our bodies in an enjoyable way, acquiring our daily essential element of movement through fun and play offers more than physical benefit – it’s part of our stress-coping arsenal and helps us to manage the less-than-enjoyable aspects of life.
Exercise machines, personal trainers, free weights,
run buddies, WODs (Workout Of the Day), yoga classes,
and long stretches of sunlit beach are all examples of tools we can use to administer our daily dose of movement. Which will work best depends purely on which delivers the maximum Vitamin F in the time and resources allotted, and is subject to personal preference.