Sometimes it's the little things we do that help us look and feel younger than we really are.
Being playful and acting young can massively reduce stress levels and improve the ability to solve problems, according to recent research on the impact of play.
Play has also been revealed as being just as important for mental and physical health as sleep, eating well and exercising. Australians are encouraged to incorporate as little as ten minutes play time into their daily routine to experience these benefits.
Dr. Adam Fraser, evian Live Young expert, shares 10 top tips and tricks to live young and experience the benefits:
1) Get some friends together, go to a toy store, buy some toys and have a play date.
Think play dough, finger painting, water guns! Explore an environment that felt magical as a child. It’s sure to put a smile on your face.
2) Turn your favourite song up loud in the kitchen and dance to it.
Let go of your inhibitions and just enjoy yourself without worrying what others think.
3) Have a tickle fight.
There’s no better way to ensure uncontrollable laughter that will leave a lasting smile on your face.
4) Jump up and down until you’re out of breath.
It will release endorphins that will make you feel great.
5) Build a cushion fort in your living room.
Let your creative side guide you and revisit a hobby from your childhood that always felt exciting and fun.
6) Play in the mud and don’t stress about the dirt.
This carefree activity stops you from taking yourself seriously and invites you to simply let loose without an afterthought. It can help put things into perspective.
7) Have a pillow fight.
A really fun way to recreate a much loved activity from your youth.
8) Draw a picture and don’t worry about how good it is.
This is a great way to let your creative juices flow and not think about anyone else’s opinion other than your own. Celebrate your individuality through this activity.
9) Race a colleague up the stairs.
A simple way to release endorphins and encourage a good giggle.
10) Go to the park at lunch time and play on the swings.
This effortless, fun activity will ensure you indulge your inner child and escape the stresses of daily life for a while.
The Live Young Backyard will be to Bondi Beach opposite Roscoe St Mall on Campbell Parade on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th September from 8am to 5pm.
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