MOVE Congress 2019 Keynotes Magnús Scheving (LazyTown) and Darryl Edwards (Primal Play)

Are we learning to MOVE for fun or is play a primal instinct?

When a MOVE Congress presenter arrives on the stage walking on his hands, you know you are in for an extraordinary experience. And one that’s guaranteed to get the audience moving. By the time Magnús Scheving, creator and star of LazyTown (the character Sportacus), wrapped up his presentation, the MOVE Congress participants were on their feet doing their best Sportacus poses and buzzing with a standing ovation as the day’s superhero left the stage.

Day 3 of MOVE Congress began with the world’s most active real-life superhero, Magnús Scheving, who came to tell us more about his award-winning entertainment brand that has inspired kids from all over the world to get up and move.

The next speaker, physical activity researcher Darryl Edwards, founder of the Primal Play method, took a more sobering approach to the topic and presented some alarming statistics and facts. He started by stating that he disagreed with Scheving’s point about survival being the sole motivation for movement.

“Play has deep evolutionary roots and presents itself across all cultures. Even dinosaurs would play with bones,” Edwards pointed out, saying that play is not always fun as it requires a lot of concentration and focus – for a child, play can often be work.

Re-watch the live stream of these two TEDx speakers’ memorable presentations at the MOVE Congress 2019.

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