Curious to know what goes on at the PLAY Fitness and Nutrition Workshops given by Kim Rush Lynch and Chelsea Calhoun, I stopped by their free sneak peak the other day. There was a nice turn-out of women of a certain age, and after some movement – fun, playful movement – things got interesting as we used work sheets to highlight what’s going well in our lives, and what’s not going so well. For me, tops in the “not going well” category among the 12 choices was in the realm of home cooking, a problem I’ve actually consulted with Kim about. (How to eat healthy while cooking the least is my quest.)
I was surprised in a good way to hear that plenty of others share my aversion to cooking – my sisters! And when asked what gives us energy, the answers included lots of ways to exercise (swimming, Zumba, Ultimate Groove, Pilates, water Zumba, and of course I said gardening), and someone actually said cooking! It seems our group was more diverse than we looked.
I wanted to hear more about the these real-life experiences of people who are, like me, trying to be fitter, so I sent Kim and Chelsea some questions, and they kindly answered, below.
Q: What common food-related issues/problems do you hear about?
A: Lots of folks with emotional eating issues; people who eat healthy but don’t want to cook (often because they’ve cooked for so many people in the past); blood sugar regulation issues; hormonal issues; making time for food planning/prep and exercise.
Q What kinds of changes have you seen people making?
A: I think the biggest thing we see in people is awareness. Even if they haven’t begun to make change yet, they are at least more aware of what they eat, how they eat, how and when they move their bodies makes them feel physically and emotionally. We find that they make small changes that we hope in time add up to much bigger lifestyle changes.
Q: What kinds of people come to PLAY workshops? People in transition? Retirement, divorce, etc?
A: Mainly women, 40s – mid 60s; Often we get folks in transition – they may have had a relationship change, kids are gone, have a health condition that inspires them to create change. Most of them have come to realize that they have been worrying about everybody else for so long that they have forgotten about themselves. They are ready to focus on themselves and are looking for help.
Q: The process gets people to open up, which reminds me of support groups. Does that happen in your on-going groups? Do they become social, get together outside of class, support each other between classes?
A: Yes! Our programs are designed to be support groups. We do not have socials outside of class yet (we are not quite there yet) but it is something that we plan to introduce once we have a core group. We’ve talked about doing cooking classes, laser tag, gardening classes, hiking, roller skating, dancing, etc.
Sounds like fun! Like play.
Tips from the Sneak Peak
From my notes: Drinking water is super-important and we should notice how we feel when hydrated, versus not drinking enough water. (Guilty as charged.) Sugar, of course, gives quick energy followed by a crash in energy level. Sea vegetables are full of minerals, and are energy-giving. (News to me. Will investigate.) And everyone needs to eat breakfast, especially one with plenty of protein. Don’t exercise at night – it’s energizing and can interfere with sleep. And I love this last one: Surround yourself with positivity.
Kim and Chelsea offer workshop series focused on energy (PLAY for Energy) or on detoxification (cleansing the body, decluttering the mind, and lifting the spirits), which they call PLAYdetox.