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MonkeyFit: Outdoor Training das Spaß macht
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We play. Parkour, roughhousing, Fighting Monkey, MovNat
We play. Parkour, roughhousing, Fighting Monkey, MovNat

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In rough and tumble play besides training skills, reflexes, strength & ruggedness your face lights up, you laugh, open up, forget worry & show a glimpse of your soul.

If you lack play on the other hand -- "the consequences of adult play deprivation are: lack of vital life engagement; diminished optimism; stuck-in-a-rut feeling about life with little curiosity or exploratory imagination to alter their situation; predilection to escapist temporary fixes…alcohol, excessive exercise, (or other compulsions); a personal sense of being life’s victim rather than life’s conqueror." -Dr. Stuart L. Brown, National Institute for Play, http://bit.ly/playdeprivation
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Functional is when it enables you to
⊹ go where you want
⊹ throw, catch and carry unwieldy stuff
⊹ perform any everyday tasks
⊹ expand your limits
⊹ manage your emotions
⊹ play any way you like
⊹⊹ in and out of alignment
⊹⊹ regardless of circumstances
⊹⊹ while staying healthy and full of joy

Every once in a while fitness industry needs a new old trend to sell new courses, books and gadgets. If such new old ideas and approaches seduce us into moving more, more complete and natural, like what ranges under 'functional training' sometimes does then -- fair enough! If you're not up to buy the gadgets and courses tho, no problem: You can train the full range of your abilities by just playing outdoors, in the company of amazing fellows, pretty much everywhere.
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If you want to run well and prevent injuries, make your running part of a bigger picture.
How to avoid running injuries?

Humans are movers. We run, balance, jump, crawl, climb, manipulate objects, and so much more.

To avoid running injuries and become a better runner, you may need to change the focus away from running and look at your bigger movement picture. Essentially, if you want to become a good runner, become a skillful mover.
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On my way to climb-ups, here's some shoulder prep and progressions I enjoy.
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Play is the natural way of learning. To make the most of it, do stuff you didn't do in ages. Do stuff for a first time. Git out of alignment, roughhouse, romp, get dirty, play in mud, rain, cold or at heights -- go cheek by jowl with what, at first, may make you feel a bit uncomfortable.
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When the working day is done, girls they wanna have fun. :D
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Sometimes the only difference between exercise and play is a wide smile. Know those days when you look out of the window and grimace? Don't let liquid sunshine or falling temperatures keep you from having fun outdoors. If you really dislike getting wet there's still enough spots to move & play.
Spot any moves or games in this clip of which you'd like to see longer bits, let me know. :]
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Mobility: Let it Flow
When I'm too sore to run or jump, I enjoy playing with low flow. If you're a natural jumper or runner and would like to become a bit more mobile around the hips, play with some of these moves for a balance.

If getting down into drop stance is killer, help yourself by holding on to a stick for starters. Put said stick vertically in front of you, lower your hips as far as possible and shift your weight from side to side in this stick-supported stance.

If sitting down from drop stance doesn't work yet, put a palm or fingertips behind you to go down sloooowly. To come up, lean your upper body forward as far as possible and support yourself with your hands to transition to the other side.
How does it go? Got questions or would like to see a vid for the progressions, let me know. :)

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A while ago we played next to a group of folks doing a conventional workout (aka isolated exercises, which I too still do at least once a week ‬). Some of them peeked over, possibly wondering what bunch of monkeys we were laughingly pulling, crawling and tagging each other. My fellow monkeys and I in turn were glad we were up to a more varied and diverting session. :D What do you tackle differently these days than you did last year or even last week or month and which of these changes make you happiest?
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Many vids feature the spectacular outcome of many years training--here's what fun you can have on the way. :D
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