The Wellness Couch Interview with Stephen Jepson

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I wanted to share my recent interview with you!

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Warmly Stephen Jepson

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About The Wellness Couch:

The Wellness Couch Interview

 

 

The Wellness Couch is the brainchild of the hosts of Australia’s #1 health podcast show The Wellness Guys – a weekly show composed of chiropractors Dr Laurence Tham, Dr Damian Kristof and Dr Brett Hill – that has consistently ranked at the top of iTunes since their debut in mid 2011.  Please Visit The Website Here.

 

What My Ideas Will Do For You

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What My Ideas Will Do For You

My Never Leave The Playground

thesis is that to maintain a bright, zippy, healthy brain and mind during our lifetime we must continually train both the right and left sides of our bodies for our entire life, learning new things for our hands and feet to do until the day we die. These are exactly the kinds of things our bodies and brains learned from the moment we were born until we left the playground. We continued to learn these things up into early adulthood. Some examples of what many of us might have learned include things like: kicking a ball, hopscotch, marbles, jump rope, learning to use a knife and fork, jacks, chopsticks, shooting baskets, knitting, passing a football, drumming, crocheting, playing the piano, playing the guitar, weaving a basket, making pottery, painting with a brush, welding, using a hammer, using a screwdriver, stirring with the right and left hand, ice skating, hacky sack, kneading bread, throwing a Frisbee, foosball, driving a stick shift, all kinds of climbing, bicycling, skateboarding, physical stuff like that trains both the right and left hand and right and left foot and right and left sides of our brains. My playings and games are like all of the above, but without the difficulty of many of them. They are supercharged ways of growing new brain cells and training the body for a lifetime. I start with very simple things to do, often using found objects wherever I may be. Everything I use is free or very inexpensive. The hand and foot activities I teach are novel and fresh; they are all new activities for our brain, resulting in the creation of new brain cell growth, new healthy neurons and the positive lifesaving development of healthy neural pathways. Everything I teach and recommend is fun and easy in the beginning and has the potential to grow in complexity, in challenge, and in level of difficulty. You will experience success every day, which is always enjoyable. This draws you back to practice each day. Just as beginning on the playground called to you throughout your childhood, you are drawn back to brain enhancing fun. It is great fun and is so easy. Such a basic concept.

Never Leave The Playground:

Most everybody can do this at some level. Start playing and grow physically and mentally stronger day by day. It will change your life I promise you. The things I teach and share will change your life – guaranteed. Start slow and easy and soon your movements will become more complex. Your balance, coordination, stability, memory, creativity, mood, and outlook on life and overall health will improve. It is written in stone. How many thousands of years have humans been doing exactly this? You know it is true; you know what I have said is basic to what we are and to what we do. If you want to continue to be vital, it is crucial to keep moving and keep learning in this way. Keep growing all of your life. Keep growing and playing until the day you die. Dance around the house. Make your world your playground! Never Leave The Playground and you’ll remain vibrant in body, mind and spirit!

This is my dream: for everybody to be healthier, happier, and longer lived.

Warmly,

Stephen Jepson

neverleavetheplayground.com

 

I am keynote speaker at the Kennedy Space Center on February 9, 2015.

 

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I have come up with a program that contributes mightily to increasing cognitive reserve. Practicing what I teach dramatically improves balance, coordination, stability, memory, creativity, mood, and more. Here is a short video that shows snippets of some of my ideas and what I teach.

These video clips were taken from a recent talk:

Experts on senior citizen fitness & my presentation at Waterman Village in Mount Dora

I am keynote speaker at the Kennedy Space Center on February 9, 2015.

Here is a review of my presentation from a couple of months ago from the person who hired me.

To Whom it May Concern:

Think you know what it means to be 73 years old? Think again. Stephen Jepson visited the Adult School of Montclair in the fall of 2014 and made us all reconsider our previously held notions.Stephen is an accomplished artist and athlete – a man who knows how to live a colorful, vibrant life. He encourages everyone to MOVE! Listen to your body, engage at your own pace but move! Stephen has developed simple tools that help maintain the fine neuro motor skills that can be instrumental in the prevention of disabling falls. Stephen’s talk is part demonstration and part lecture peppered with personal anecdotes. The audience found this program entertaining and inspirational.

Stephen is an accommodating speaker and his visit was made easy by his desire to share his experience with others. The most important thing that Stephen teaches is that life is an adventure and deserves to be lived to the fullest. He is the embodiment of this philosophy and inspires students to take charge of their own lives.

We greatly enjoyed Stephen’s visit.

Suzy Kass

Executive Director

Adult School of Montclair

My ideas work. They produce positive results and are supported by science.

Warmly, Stephen Jepson

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Never Leave The Playground

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All the room is at the top!

why has Stephen Jepson climbed to the top of this  ladder? Because that is where the room is– silly. Smile

at the top with Stephen Jepson

 

All the room is at the top!

I cannot remember a specific occasion when my father said this to me but I do remember the time frame in my life when it occurred. It was my teenage years. I worked for my dad’s business from the time I was 13 till I was 18. We spent hundreds – probably thousands of hours together; frequently he would make pithy remarks about people and life. I see my father as an especially bright guy. A few times during these extremely rich years my dad said: “son all the room is at the top”. Oftentimes I did not have much of a grasp of what he said. And this is one of his remarks about achieving more than a modicum of success that I did not get right away. However as I made my way through early adulthood the full import of his message became understood. I have risen to the top in several different pursuits in life and today I can attest to the fact that – All The Room Is At The Top!    Thank you father.

 

What is going to happen?

Stephen Jepson on a tank!
Stephen Jepson on a tank!

 

I just purchased one of these to make it through tough times – just kidding of course. Smile. Neverleavetheplayground.com

What is going to happen?

For the past 30 years I have had an interest in what will happen to we humans in the future. I think a reasonable way to approach this is to take a look at the past – history. Here I am going to look at three different things: a timeline, a few human developments, and population growth on earth. The most widely accepted place of human origins is Africa approximately 200,000 years ago. It was at that time that modern humans with a 1400 cm³ brain was produced by our ancient ancestors. Around 60,000 years ago humans began a worldwide migration which ultimately resulted in us inhabiting all of the continents with the exception of Antarctica. 11,000 years ago agriculture began; prior to that every soul on the planet was a hunter gatherer (forager). Our ancestors had been hunter gatherers for 1,800,000 years. Prior to 200,000 years ago there were zero of us moderns. By the time of agriculture there were 15 million, by the time of Christ 250 million. 1790 is the date given for the start of the Industrial Revolution at which time there were approximately 1,000,000,000 people on the planet. 1859 marks the discovery of oil by Col. Drake in Titusville, Pennsylvania.

1946 – 2 billion people

1974 – 4 billion people

1992 – 5.5 billion people

2014 – 7 billion people

2032 – 9 billion people are projected to be on earth, a 28% increase in human population in 18 years.

This increase in population is happening at a time when the United State’s infrastructure is in dire straits and the astronomical growth of health costs that is resulting from the mismatch of our having evolved and adapted to be excellent hunter – gatherers coupled with our very modern sedentary lifestyle and caloric rich diet. And as we go along our treasure is being drained by our massive military expenditures.

I see serious trouble brewing because of these and other facts.

Warmly,

Stephen Jepson

 

 

 

 

Stephen Jepson’s Mission Statement

 Hello Everyone,

My latest Speaking Engagements Highlights Can Be Seen By Clicking Here

and:

I have revised my mission statement, and wanted to share it with you:

My Never Leave The Playground© is a program of activities that stimulates the growth of the brain and body by specific training of the hands and feet. My method has two main goals: to promote good health and to have fun.

People believe exercise is strenuous but my method is neither arduous nor boring. Instead, I focus on movements and games, many similar to those children play on the playground. I begin with simple movements, which progress to more complex challenges for the brain and body. For example, I train left and right, hands and feet, to manipulate large and small objects with increasing precision. The movements I teach promote balance and dexterity which prevent falls and increase eye- hand coordination. The activities in the method develop the large and small muscle groups and foster stability and physical coordination.

Every cell in the body is affected by movement. The brain improves as we use our muscles, which, in turn grow, with use. Scientific studies show that physical movement is the single most important thing to do to be physically healthier and smarter, regardless of age. Movement training can prevent or delay the onset of Alzheimer’s and dementia.  Neural pathways open and increase throughout our lives as we learn new activities.

I am available to share with your organization or group the Never Leave The Playground© program. The program is for all ages, from 6 to 106. We are more playful, creative, healthier and mentally sharper if we never leave the playground.

Warmly Stephen Jepson

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Waterman Village in Mount Dora, Florida Video

 

Hello There!

On May 15 at Waterman Village in Mount Dora, Florida I had the wonderful experience of sharing my thoughts and ideas about health and well-being with a warm and receptive audience.

It was a packed house and there was lots of laughter.

Please view the video, and if you like it, please share.  Click here to see the video.

Warmly,

Stephen Jepson

http://neverleavetheplayground.com

 

Sedentary behavior–inactive lifestyle has great potential for creating a long, slow, sick, slide to early death.

Where is Stephen Jepson juggling?

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Sedentary behavior–inactive lifestyle has great potential for creating a long, slow, sick, slide to early death.

Who wants that?

When I was a kid in grade school in the 1940s and early 50s I do not remember any fat kids; I do recollect one boy my age who was chubby as a child, he did however lose his baby fat and became quite muscular in the late 1950s. All through grade school each one of us spent time on the playground before school if we arrived early, had a midmorning recess break, then an hour for lunch (I lived four blocks about 400 yards) from my grade school. Because of PE, gym class, and the playground many of us knew what it meant to be “in shape “. An afternoon recess and then it was home and off with the school clothes and on with the play clothes. I have photos of me with the knees of my jeans completely gone – huge holes. The part of my pants covering my ass – like brand-new. I guess that part was not used very much. I had a paper route and began delivering news  papers when I was eight years old. Began working like a man when I was 13. I have stood up most of my adult life; today I have a standup desk. Now soon to have my 73rd birthday I think about all the folks my age who had similar physical experiences to me growing up. How are folks age 69 to 76 fairing  today? How many are still alive? And of those alive what is their overall health? What are their health concerns? What medications do they take? What surgical procedures have they had to date? How is their balance, stability, and coordination and are they – we concerned about falling and being injured? If you want the exact numbers you can get them from the CDC, Council On Aging, etc.

 

Now let’s look at young folks – six years to 16. What kind of activities are they experiencing? How many of them are fat or obese? I fear a tiny percentage of them will ever know what it means to be in shape. So when their health begins to take a downturn early in years because of a sedentary lifestyle and a knowledgeable health professional recommends getting back in shape, their response will be “what do you mean back in shape?”. The consequences of what is being created here are beyond comprehension.

How would I introduce more play in my life?

Where Is Stephen Juggling?

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Just let your inner child’s nature roam free in quest of play – I am just kidding.

The dictionary shows many definitions for the word play. Indeed there are many ways to play.

I believe the evolutionary history of Homo sapiens suggests we spent a long time improving our hunter and gathering skills. Our brains got better and better at controlling our bodies to do a variety of movements with our hands and feet. Our brains evolved to help us move better.

My use of the word play is the variety of physical stuff we did on the playground in our youth. Including: jump rope, jacks, marbles, hopscotch, merry-go-round, swings, teeter totters, monkey bars, basketball, ring toss, and on and on… With my playings and games I want to emulate, approximate some of the kind of movements we used as children to train our motor skills. I give the right hand and left hand and right foot and left foot unique challenges for the brain and body. This provides many advantages, including better: balance, stability, coordination, memory, creativity, mood… Overall improved health. Plus, beyond contributing to neurogenesis in a major way – my games are fun.

That is what I want to suggest for all – find fun new ways to move your hands and feet and be playful in your quest.