If you find yourself making frequent trips to the playground with your kids, don't just sit there. Use that time as an opportunity to get in a good workout. The park or playground is a perfect setting to get some fresh air and exercise at the same time.
What Kind Of Exercises Can I Do At The Playground?
Body weight exercises are a great way to get in top physical condition. Many of these moves are recommended by an Amarillo personal trainer as part of an effective daily workout.
1. Static pull-up
Most playgrounds have "monkey bars" that are perfect for pull-ups. If you aren't able to do one right away, keep at it.
2. Bench push up
Park benches are great for push-ups. Place your hands on the back of the bench, keep your body in a straight line, tighten your core and do 15 to 20 reps. Also, you can use the seat part of the bench for push-ups. Keep your toes on the bench and your hands on the ground.
3. Hanging knee tucks
Go back to the monkey bar, and while you are hanging, bend knees in front of you, feet off the ground. Draw one knee up to your chest, then slowly lower it back down. Repeat with the other knee. Try to do 15 to 20 reps.
4. Body rows
You can use the swings for this one, just make sure that you wait your turn. Stand facing the swing and grasp each chain. Lean your body back at a 45 degree angle. Engage your arms and chest, pulling yourself towards your hands. You can increase the difficulty by leaning at a higher angle.
5. Slide sit-up
You can use a playground slide just as you would an elevated sit up bench at the gym. Lie down backwards on the slide, head pointed toward the bottom. You can hook your feet around the top of the slide for stability.
Of course, this is just a short list of ways to use standard playground equipment for a good body-weight workout. Don't forget that you can also use the park for walking, jogging and doing other exercises, such as body weight squats, standard push ups, lunges and the like. When the weather is this nice, it's a shame to confine your workout to the gym. Go outside and play.
Finding An Amarillo Personal Trainer
For those who need some guidance either starting a fitness routine, or keeping one going, a personal trainer may be the answer. Ralph Roberts has been training and assisting people in reaching their goals for years. As an Amarillo personal trainer, Ralph Roberts can be found at the Downtown Athletic Club. He can tailor a personal fitness plan just for you, and offer support, encouragement and motivation, as well as a personalized fitness plan. If you are looking for an Amarillo personal trainer, contact him today.
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