Thursday, January 8, 2009

This Is How I Play #3 - QM Tag

Game: This next game is called QM (Quadrupedal Movement) Tag. It's a popular variation on regular tag, except you have to stay on all fours the entire time. These game is a lot of fun, but also is quite the workout as it encourages some mad scrambles to get away.

Rules: The rules are pretty simple. Usually I designate a specific area the players must stay in. This keeps the game fast and intense, and prevents people from spreading out too far. In order to tag someone, you must tag their elbows. This makes it a bit more difficult to tag other players.
Goal: For the player who is β€œit” to tag another player's elbow.

Physical Benefits: For anyone who hasn't tried it, QM is a fantastic full body exercise. Essentially, walk around on your hands and feet with your hips and shoulders low to the ground – the lower the harder! Once you've walked around like this for a while, try doing it backwards. And then do it up and down stairs, or all around the house. Once you're comfortable with walking around like this, try to balance (not while playing tag though!) and walk on a railing or on top of a fence on all fours.

QM Balancing

Other benefits: In addition to making you stronger, compound, full body movements like this teach your brain how to use muscles together, instead of just individually. Whenever you learn a new movement, whether it's QM, juggling, or playing piano, you are actually constructing new neural pathways in your brain. People, especially children, who stimulate their brains in new ways will continue to develop more neural pathways. These people tend to have more active, creative, and powerful brains. By learning how to move in new and creative ways, you can actually get smarter!

Another added plus, it's a pretty effective method of wearing your kids out.

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2 Comments:

Blogger Pilou said...

I have tried a variation on the idea: QM Grand Prix :)

Find an area you can walk around like in a circuit. Bonus if it includes stairs.. Then make a QM race with laps (usually 3 is enough), and possibly changing orientation between laps, i.e. going forward then backward then forward (the 5 laps version with left and right side QMs is a killer workout, btw)

I remember posting about this on an APK forum, I bet you know it already though ;P

-Pilou

January 12, 2009 at 9:47 AM  
Blogger Salil said...

When will you update again, Zac? Give us more!

February 16, 2009 at 11:05 AM  

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