re-Fun Funday

Remember when you were a kid, having fun and being in shape without even having to think about it? As we "grow up", we somehow un-learn to have fun. That doesn't seem right. Fun is fun, so why do unfun?

Sure, even the most uptight adult has fun sometimes. Vacations to the tropics, occasional parties, and game time - these are all certainly fun. It's the "everyday is Funday" attitudes from our childhood that we've lost along the way. And that's exactly the attitude we want to bring back.

Certainly there are some advantages to gaining things like responsibility and the ability to get money, but that doesn't mean everyday adulting needs to be all yuck and no yum. 7Zillion wants to help you yum it up a little bit.

Pro-tip: "Adventure" is the adulting word for fun - don't be scared by it.

We believe adventure is the sugar of life! I really wanted it to be the nutmeg of life because nutmeg is a great spice and it is such a funny word. But, ultimately, sugar just makes more sense. Adventure makes life sweet, and sweet makes things yummy, and yum yum is fun fun!

With that all cleared up, a life without adventure is like banana bread without sugar: sure you could eat it, but please pass the SUGAR! Don't worry if you've been living a bland life, because adventure doesn't have to be hard to find. You don't have to mount a polar expedition or climb an elite peak. Adventure is all around us. In fact, it is more of an attitude than an activity. Looking for a kick start? We can help.

If a spoon full of sugar helps the medicine go down, just think what a whole face full could do!

What's the big idea?

If you are still reading after that introduction, you must be either A) insane, or 2) asking, "how can I sprinkle more of that yummy adventure into my life?" Luckily, there are a lot of ways. Whole lots! More than millions, even more than billions. 7 Zillion to be exact. That's right, our elite team of scientists have discovered all 7 Zillion ways to have fun!

It turns out that there isn't enough wifi in the entire world to convey all 7 Zillion methods of funness. Luckily, many can be generalized into 7 broad categories. Interestingly, our scientific team has found that the number 7 is at the very core of the mathematics behind the concept of fun. You will find that it is a recurring theme. Here are the scientifically proven categories:

  1. Adult oriented. The scientists blush every time they bring this one up, and this isn't that kind of site. Enough said.

  2. Exploration. Apparently there is inherent fun in discovering new things. Fundamentally, we all know we feel this when we learn a new skill or see a new sight, but our elite scientific team has used graphs and other advanced methods to help make exploration more accessible to all.

  3. Lists. People love accomplishments, and they love tracking those accomplishments. It turns out that checking off all the fun things on a list automatically increases the fun factor for those activities by 7%. That may seem insignificant, but if 100% of us had 7% more fun, that adds up to a whole lot of fun!

  4. Exercise. Health is important, it's what keeps us healthy. Typical gym workout routines are boring and not fun. We have formed a joint task force of calculator-toting scientists and near-elite athletes to come up with a variety of ways to make getting in shape more fun.

  5. Racing. Marathons, Spartan Races, and Easter Egg hunts all have one thing in common: more faster is more better. There is fun in being faster than your friends, or faster than everyone, or even just faster than you were yesterday or you thought you could be today.

  6. Dark. Nighttime too often gets forgotten as fun time (except maybe for the adult-oriented fun mentioned above). Skiing, scuba diving, mountain biking, and even running all take on a new feel when done in the dark.

  7. Other. Oh you sneaky scientists! Throwing in an "other" category is just the type of shenanigans these pocket protecting professionals provide to prove proper pleasantries.

Activities

Our scientific team has been working night and day to design simple activities that anyone can do to have more fun. Big on ideas, but slow on documentation, the Activities list is a little slow to grow so far.

Pro-tip: My wife and I tried "Sliding for Ice Cream" and it was fun and yummy. Fummy!

CHALLENGES

7Zillion Challenges are collections of activities that must be completed in order to receive rewards. Coming soon...

QUESTS

This is where you firmly dive into Type 2 fun. Multiple days, multiple struggles, multiple times the fun when it's done! You will definitely learn a little about yourself along the way. Coming soon...

Out Fit

Out Fit is different than your typical fitness routine. It's not about lifting weights in a mirrored cage, it's not about protein shakes, it's not about complex workout plans, and it's really not about vanity at all. Being Out Fit is all about having fun outdoors and getting yourself conditioned to have more adventure, and more fun, more often. So, get Out Fit and get MORE!

Sneaking little adventures into your everyday life is all about attitude. A quick trail run in the morning, some climbing at lunch, a short paddle after work, or a bike ride in the evening - get a great workout and have fun doing it. These ideas form the core of Out Fit's workout tools.

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Grab a copy of Backlash by D.L. Thomas to keep the action flowing!

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“To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted.”


-Bill Bryson