I recently got back from a fantastic stay in Mexico. But while I was there, I made a disturbing observation: nobody was moving.
Once during the 7 days there, my partner and I were asked to play volleyball, which turned out to be 3-on-3 (including the 2 workers) because they couldn't find anyone else to play. After a couple quick games that lasted maybe 10 or 15 minutes, they were done. I saw nobody participating in activities, playing, or doing much of anything besides laying around on beach chairs and having drinks brought to them by underpaid staff.
The only time it seemed people were on their feet was to go from their beach chair to the buffet to their room. Before you say "vacation is for relaxing" - please understand that sitting around all day eating and drinking is not perceived as restful by the body. Don't fool yourself. That is actually quite stressful for the body. It creates serious stagnation. The ultimate stagnation is death. Trust me, you want to move away from stagnation, not towards it.
I'm not saying people should go on vacation and workout all day. Actually, we didn't 'workout' once. There was a gym there, but I didn't visit it. After all, there was an enormous beautiful space outside called the beach, and if you don't rely on weird machines to give you the illusion that you're moving your body, then you can actually just move your body!
So we climbed coconut trees (well I did... my partner, she is still working on that one!), we crawled and played in the sand, we balanced on rocks, we played catch, we sprinted in the sand... we did a lot of that kind of stuff. We even hung our rings up one day and used them. We moved most of the day. But we didn't workout. We were playing and doing whatever felt natural. We were like energetic children. Young children don't sit still unless you train or force them do, because it's not natural.
I'm a little concerned about our species. We are forgetting how to move. We seem to think we can take care of everything with technology. We outsource our bodies in so many ways because we are brilliant at inventing new types and uses of technology. But that comes with a heavy price, because we don't use the technology consciously; we use it compulsively. And now we are, mostly, a bunch of people who can barely move, whether to be useful in a situation that demands it (e.g. I don't know what most of the people there would do if there was a tsunami), or to be playful in a situation that encourages it. That's not even to mention the prevalence of anxiety, depression, and lifestyle diseases.... if you think they're unrelated to movement, your brain needs more complex movement!
The message here is simple. You have to move, good people. Instead of singing up for a gym membership, or lacing up your sneakers to hit the pavement, or faking your way through a westernized yoga class, you have to re-learn how to move. You need to move the way a healthy human being moves.
I would like for people to come and join us on the beach and play, rather than watch. Because one thing I notice is that when people are moving - not exercising, but moving - in new ways, in natural ways, in human ways, in child-like ways, together.... they are usually also smiling!
Joint the movement. Save yourself. Save your children. Feel what it's like to move/play again.