Thursday, June 17, 2010

Simple Exercises for the Playground

Make the most of your time by working out while your kiddos are playing at the park.

The Swingset is a perfect tool to use for stability and core exercises. Target your abs by sitting on the swing and leaning back about 45 degrees. Hold your legs straight out in front of you and cross them over one another in a “scissor” motion. Do 12 to 15 sets

Use the Monkey Bars for chin ups or pull-ups, which will effectively tone your triceps, biceps, core and back. Aim to do five pull-ups; work up to 12 to 15.

Stand facing away from the slide and rest your left foot on the bottom of it; place your hands on your hips. Bend your right knee until your right thigh is almost parallel to the ground, but don't let your knee move farther forward than above your toes. Return to starting position by pressing through your right heel. Do 12 to 15 reps, then repeat with the other leg.

While your kids play on the jungle gym, use it to strengthen your arms with a standing push-up. The father back you stand from the gym, the harder the push-ups become. Do 12 to 15 push-ups.

Park Benches are not just for sitting! Target your shoulders and triceps with a bench dip. Place your hands on the edge of the bench seat and your feet angled in front of you. Lower yourself off the bench with your hands until your elbows are at about a 90-degree angle, and lift back up.Do 12 to 15 reps

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