Think the town playground is just for kids? Think again! Turn a day at the park into a challenging (and free!) workout with these effective total-body moves. All you need is a basic playground with monkey bars, swings, a slide and an (unoccupied!) park bench or two. Ready to get started? Check out the circuit workout below -- all you need is a pair of sneakers, plenty of water (or maybe a juice box?) and that youthful sense of adventure.
A proper warm-up isn’t child’s play. Start things off with a dynamic warm-up that preps the body for movement. Take a cruise around the park at a slow, relaxed jog for 5 to 10 minutes, and then mix in some dynamic movements like high skips, leg swings, butt kicks, walking lunges and knee hugs. Get the arms and shoulders primed for movement with arm circles, shoulder shrugs and arm crosses. Greatist Expert Jonathan Angelilli also recommends jumping jacks -- they move every muscle and prepare the body for impact. Once you’re warmed up and ready to go, head over to the playground for these full-body strength-training moves.
Love this playground workout? Keep it interesting with new elements each time -- add a longer cardio section, bring some jump ropes (Rocky, anyone?) or pack resistance bands to add new challenges to the routine. Or better yet, bring some workout buddies (and your imagination) to make the workout more fun and to stay motivated. After all, what's recess without friends?
What are your go-to playground exercises? Tell us in the comments below.