Activities NOT Sport
We have to change the way we think about physical activity. With 100s billions of pounds being spent on type 2 diabetes annually in Britain alone, we must start moving our bodies more. Just to contextualise a billion, if you start spending a billion pounds at £1000/day for the past 2019 years, you’d still have over a quarter of it left. The solution is more activities in our parks.
Get go teams defines activities as non gender, non-DNA and non-elite. Let’s see what that looks like. A non gender activity would be activities that both males and females can participate in on an equal basis. Non-DNA implies that someone who is 4 foot 5 will be able to participate and enjoy the activity the same someone 6 foot 5. Finally, we must strive to move away from the elite, (0.001% of the population; the ‘Olympic hopefuls’) towards an inclusive, local accepting culture.
These five activities; Pickelball, 16 inch softball, frisbee, dodgeball and track, that meet this definition. While this is not an exhaustive list, these core activities are accessible to everyone and can be undertaken in any park anywhere. If one has a natural aptitude for one of these activities, they have a have a duty to help their fellow team mates to enjoy the game while at the same time can equally enjoying the experience. Consider, a professional basketball compared to a highly skilled dodgeballer, ultimate frisbee player or 16 inch softball champion. The basketballer is unlikely to be able enjoy participating with novices the same way as the high skilled non-DNA champion does.
With our physical and mental health being stretched like never before, we must look at ways to reduce stress. Solely providing pathways to the elite disincentive too many us. We must look redefine physical activities and perhaps start spelling fun as PHUN.