Mark Sisson, over at one of my favorite sites, recently wrote a post called Grok Tag.
It is so well written because his description of recess is “spot on”. I lived for recess back in Elementary School! It was a blast. I remember basically doing all activities full throttle and having fun no matter what we were doing. This article is not a tip or anything like that.
I just wanted to back Mark’s message from his recent post.
[I will never be too old to enjoy a great rope swing! I need to find a great one this summer…and a good place for cliff diving. This stuff never gets old!]
I Have a Love-Hate Relationship With Technology!
I like the Internet, the convenience of cell phones, On Demand TV and things like that…but it make me a little sad that kids are missing out on a lot of playing outside. When I was a kid video games were around, but they weren’t such a major focus.
I typically played outside until I dropped and then would occasionally play a video game maybe 1-2 times per week. Oh yeah…and I was fine going through the day without constantly having to hear my favorite music. Am I sounding old?
Dodgeball, Waterballoon Wars, BMX Riding, etc.
I heard that kids aren’t allowed to play dodgeball anymore. I think we had 4-5 different types of dodgeball (Free Dodge Ball, Indian Doge Ball, Soak Em’, etc). If I was in charge dodgeball would be encouraged in all schools (maybe not mandatory).
Many other rowdy activities are now discouraged at school. We played a game where a football would get thrown up in the air and whoever caught it was a target to get tackled by the mob of kids. Another game was playing soccer and whoever was dribbling the ball would be a target for everyone to “slide tackle”.
Slide tackling was BIG when I was in 4th-6th grade!
Mark’s Post Reminded ME of How Much Energy We Had!
There were a lot of games that involved full-blown sprinting back then. Tag was one of the games that really got kids sprinting. I talk about “HGH Flush” on this site (being short of breath, skin gets red and hot to the touch).
Tag creates a huge HGH Flush! I love the energy that Tag creates especially when you are being chased. For some reason you can push past the pain barrier when you are trying to escape.
Tag is NOW Getting Banned in Schools!!!!
Pretty soon they are going to be cutting rope swings down! I am sad and a little angry. I am going to support Mark’s message about “letting kids be kids”. Please head on over to his site and read his outstanding article on the subject—>Grok Tag .
Mark has actually designed a workout that involves Tag, Burpees, and Pushups.
This is thinking outside of the box and is probably one of the best blog posts I have read in a long time.