No More Excuses! 6 Ways to Workout at the Park.
October 12, 2012 by Cristi
Ladies, swimsuit season is well behind us- and I don’t know about you but this time of the year I begin to get… well, a bit lazy. I mean, going to the gym gets replaced with pumpkin pie and candy corn. What can’t a little over-sized sweater and a scarf not hide, right?
I’ve got to STOP thinking like that because my whole summer’s hard work has pretty much disappeared within the past two weeks! I’ve got to get back on track or next summer it will be a lot harder to get into shape…no more excuses! That is why I am introducing you to my friend, Emily Fonnesbeck, to help me (and any of you who do the same). Emily is a stay at home mom freelance writer. She graduated with a B.S. in Kinesiology but has to force herself to exercise just like everyone else. She loves reading, cooking, and is always up for shenanigans of the DIY crafting sort.
Take it away Emily
Hello ladies! Fall brings cool, dark mornings that practically beg you to stay warm and snuggled in your bed. Getting up and putting on your sports bra is probably the last thing you want to do on a fall day, but it’s a perfect time to enjoy those last snippets of good weather. Pull out the stroller, get on your bike, or simply take a brisk walk to your nearest park. Once you get there, the park bench looks oh so inviting doesn’t it? Sure! It’s the perfect platform to get some strength training in while your kids play. Here are a few playground exercises that will get you slim and svelte and keep the pumpkin pie and egg-nog from showing.
1. Step-ups. Use a park bench or the steps going up to a slide to step up and down with alternate legs. This will tone your lower body, and if you quicken your pace you’ll get a nice cardio burn as well. As you progress in this exercise, you can bring your knee to your chest as you step up for a higher intensity workout.
Strength training is a good addition to any exercise program, helping you tone your muscles as well as burn fat. Start slow, doing two sets of ten repetitions, working up to more sets and reps, around three to five sets of 20. Feel the burn and go a little beyond, but be smart about your body and don’t injure yourself.
Get up and keep moving and –bonus- you’ll show your kids how to be active, which is always a good thing. So bench-sitters beware, you have no more excuses!
Thanks Emily! I loved how my son wanted to join me-and who knew monkey bars were such a good workout! They are a lot harder than I remember! I am starting today! Who will you join me?
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For even more tips on how to stay on track, check out Caleys ideas here:
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