Summertime Fitness Fun

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Summertime Fitness Fun

Get outside and get some summertime exercise fitness fun – here are some ideas.

King or Queen of the Jungle

The great outdoors are great for cardiovascular exercise, but what about building strength? Add resistance to your outdoor run, walk, or bike ride with an assist from the playground. Grab hold of the monkey bars for pull ups that strengthen your upper body. Or, use the bottom of a slide to support your upper body for dips that shape triceps, thighs and abs.

 

Playground slide
Playground slide

 

Jumping for Joy

If your kids are the only ones using the trampoline in your backyard, you’re missing out a a huge fitness perk! Jumping can burn up to 350 calories in 30 minutes. But play it safe: Experts recommend that you master a squat before taking to the trampoline. A squat improves the balance you’ll need to jump safely.

To safely perform squats:

  • Stand with your feet hip-width apart and arms at your sides.
  • Lower your body as far as you can without extending your knees past your toes. Push down on your heels as you come back up.

See also: Rebounding On A Mini Trampoline. Rebounding simply means bouncing on a mini trampoline, This activity offers a good cardiovascular workout. And it is fun! When the cold sets in and summertime fitness passes, bring the trampoline inside. No excuses!

Enjoy summertime fitness fun.
Enjoy summertime fitness fun.

 

Play Ball!

If you really want to go the extra mile, contact a local parks department to volunteer as a coach for a pee wee softball, basketball or soccer team. From running bases to shagging flies to passing drills  you’ll have a ball playing with kids. And with a weekly practice and game schedule, summertime fitness will factor into your regular routine. Enjoying a team sport with team members is an emotional lift, too.

 

Play ball!
Play ball!

Use your imagination – and read Play to Get Fit for more ideas!

Author: Jeni

Certified by the Professional School of Fitness and Nutrition in March, 1995; honored for exemplary grades. Practicing fitness and nutrition for over 20 years. Featured in the Feb. 1994 issue of "Shape" magazine. Featured in Collage in the spring issue of 1995 Low fat recipe's published in Taste of Home, Quick Cooking, and the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, among others. September, 2001: Featured in "Winning The War on Cholesterol" By Rodale Publishing

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