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