The park is often viewed as a place for kids to expel energy, but what about adults? There are actually numerous exercises that you can perform at your local park just as you would at the gym! Let’s take a look at a few workouts you can accomplish on your next family outing to the park.
The most enjoyable way to get a workout is to have fun with it! Head for the monkey bars and relive your youth! Try going slowly without skipping any bars. As you get into more of a rhythm, increase your speed and try skipping every other bar. This workout is great for your upper body strength, especially the muscles in your arms and hands. If the monkey bars are too short, give yourself an extra workout by pulling your legs up to keep your feet off the ground!
Chin-ups and pull-ups are a great static workout for your entire upper body! For this, head back to the monkey bars, or any other horizontal bar that is elevated over your head. Stand directly under the bar and grab it with your palms facing toward you about shoulder width apart. Slowly pull your body straight up until your chin reaches the bar, and then lower your body back down. See how many you can do without stopping! You can also try pull-ups by simply changing your hand position, so your palms are facing away!
This is a nice and easy exercise! Get into push-up position with your feet on the ground and your hands on the edge of a park bench seat. These will be easier than standard push-ups because more of your body weight is supported by your legs.
Let’s flip the script on the last exercise, literally! Get into push-up position, this time with your hands on the ground and your feet on the bench seat. These will be a much more difficult workout, as more weight is supported by your arms! Try to do as many push-ups as you can in this position.
You may have tried planks before, but you’re going to love this variation! Find a stable tree in the park and get into plank position with your feet against the tree. Keeping your elbows on the ground and your body flat, slowly inch your feet up the tree until your body is parallel with the ground. Hold for 30–60 seconds!
Find an open area with about 50 feet of space. To get into position, sit on the ground and bridge your hips off the ground with your hands and feet supporting your weight. Walk forward with your hands and feet as quick as you can without losing balance! Crab walk about 50 feet or as far as the area allows!
Get into the standard crawling position on your hands and feet. Stay low to the ground and crawl as fast as you can without losing balance. Crawl for 50 feet or as far as you can! For a good workout, vary the speed crawl with the crab walk! Try alternating each set!
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