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How to Turn a Playground into a Full-Body Workout

To some, a gym membership is an expensive luxury. But just because you don’t have a gym membership, doesn’t mean you can’t workout. Since the American Heart Association recommends that children over the age of two engage in at least one hour a day of moderate physical activity, this can be a great strategy to focus more on your family’s phsyical fitness. Many don’t realize that they can actually turn a playground into a full-body workout. The best part? It’s completely free!

Instead of a Treadmill:

Run Around with Your Kids

If you have kids, they’re probably begging you to go to the park. Make the most of your time there, and run around with your little ones. Whether you’re playing on the playground itself or the open field that surrounds it, there are plenty of ways to get your cardio in. Any child is sure to enjoy the extra play time! Poured-rubber tracks are the best place to run and play because they offer the shock absorbency that the body requires to develop healthy muscles. It’s also much safer when compared to other playground surfaces, so you’re less likely to sustain an injury if you happen to trip and fall.

Instead of a Pull-Up Machine:

Hang from the Monkey Bars

These might have been easy as a kid, but they can be even more difficult to use as an adult. This is because you’ve probably doubled or tripled in size, and most playground monkey bars—if not all of them—aren’t designed for someone of your size. As such, it’s much harder to swing your body along the ladder!

Monkey bars are essential to your playground workout because they’re extremely versatile. For example, if you do pull ups from the monkey bars, you can easily build upper body strength. On the other hand, if you do hanging knee pulls, you can build core strength.

Instead of a Gym Bench:

Use a Park Bench

You can perform all of your favorite gym moves on a sturdy park bench. Use a park bench for squat jumps or step ups—you’ll have toned legs in no time. Your nearest park bench is also ideal for push-ups and triceps dips. Your arms are sure to burn when you’ve finished your reps!

Instead of Suspension Training:

Try an Available Swing

A swing can serve many purposes. For a challenging ab workout, slide your feet onto the swing and try to do some knee tucks or push-ups. If you want to work your lower body, you can use the swing for split squats. A swing is also perfect for rows, an exercise that will effectively strengthen your back muscles.

Now that you know how to turn a playground into a full-body workout, all you have to do is use your imagination, grab your sneakers, and get out there!

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