Play Is Much More Fun Than Work And More Effective


Hi folks,

Rock playing pumpkin salesman at Johnny’s in Carrboro, and doing a great job of it.

A mathematician friend of mine wrote a letter years ago, in response to a request for advice, in which she said that she couldn’t address the question until she had “played with the equations.” Her boss, a statistician (an odd but interesting breed), was required to edit the letter for some reason or other and he added a single edit. He crossed out ‘play’ and substituted ‘work.’ Boy, did he get that wrong. If you work at something you are kind of forcing it. Ever seen a kid swimming, biking or running? Are they working at it? No way! And are they good at it? Sure. Wish I could run like a kid.

So, if you want to exercise for better health, don’t work out, enjoy the training game instead. You’ll have more fun, go faster, injure yourself less, and basically be a happier human being.

-k Your Medical Mind



  1. The man who got the idea on the Clapham omnibus was neither working nor playing. He was probably a bit vacant when “ping” a good idea popped up. He must have been relaxing after a good bit of play…

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Disclaimer: As a veterinarian, I do not provide medical advice for human animals. If you undertake or modify an exercise program, consult your medical advisors before doing so. Undertaking activities pursued by the author does not mean that he endorses your undertaking such activities, which is clearly your decision and responsibility. Be careful and sensible, please.