Remember the days of playing at the park as a kid? You can still have those fun memories and get a great workout! Head to the park or a playground and use monkey bars, swings and a park bench for an amazing total body workout. This is great if you want to take your kids to the park and workout at the same time. Here’s a fun routine:
- Warm up by jogging around the park for about 5 to 10 minutes. You can go at a slow, relaxed pace. If you want to kick up your warm up, add in some jumping jacks and walking lunges. As you move on to the next part of the workout, remember to do 10 to 12 reps of each exercise. Repeat a few times. Start slow if you are a complete beginner to exercise.
- Work out your arms with a swing! Stand facing a swing and hold the chains or if you are using a tire swing, hold the sides of the tire. Make sure your arms are straight and lean back until your body is at a 45-degree angle to the ground. Pull your body to meet your hands, making sure your elbows are bent straight back and your shoulders are down and back. Slowly lower back to your starting position, keeping a tight control.
- Try a pull up using monkey bars. Grip the bar and pull your body up and slowly lower back down.
- Use a park bench to perform a push up. Hold on to the bench with your hands a little wider than shoulder width apart. Walk back a few steps and remember the farther you walk back, the more difficult the move will be. Then perform pushups.
- You can also use a bench to work out your triceps. Sit on the edge of the bench and put your hands by your hips, lift your butt from the seat and walk away from the bench. Then move back and bend at the elbows to lower your body back down on the bench.
- You can also use a bench to work your legs. Simply stand facing the bench with your knees slightly bent and jump up on the bench.
- Try a back lunge using a bench as well. Stand facing away from the bench about one foot away and rest the top of one of your feet on the seat of the bench. Place your hands on your hips and bend your standing knee and then rise back up using your standing foot heel. Make sure to keep switching legs.
- Try a knee tuck using a swing. Kneel in front of a swing and place one foot at a time in the seat and position yourself until you are in a plank position. Engage your core and pull your knees in towards your chest, controlling your core. You can also simply hold a plank position.
Have you ever thought to work out at a park or playground? There are tons of exercises you can do using simple things at the park and your body. Let us know which exercises you try!