Monday, July 16, 2018

20's At the Park Workout

How many of us take our kids to the park and then just sit and watch while they play?  I am guilty of this.  And there have been several times that while I'm sitting there scrolling through my phone or watching my kids play that I have thought "why am I just sitting here?" Somedays I'm ok with it, like if I'm visiting with another mom, but sometimes even if I've already done a workout for the day I sit there feeling really lazy and start talking mean to myself. While moms definitely deserve some downtime to just sit and relax (and we shouldn't be mean to ourselves for that) sometimes it just feels better to move. So today I'm sharing a quick idea of a playground workout that will help us get some strength training in whether it's while your kids are playing or for when you just feel the need for something different. (Remember that I'm not a personal trainer or coach, this is just something I tried out and wanted to share!)



You do every move 20 times and do the workout as many times as you like. So I'm calling it 20's at the park!

20 jump squats. Find a step or a bench that is high enough to jump on and off of. Make sure you're landing with both feet fully on the step!


20 One legged squats each leg. Stand with one leg on the step and one leg off. Squat down as far as you can keeping good form. Repeat 10 times each leg. If you need help balancing, hold on to a pole next to you as lightly as you can. You want as much weight on your standing leg as possible.



20 inclined lunges each leg. Put one leg up on the step and one leg down in a lunge position. Do 25 per leg (this is pretty easy to understand, I don't need to go into more detail :)


20 inclined push-ups. Find something to hold on to or lean against that is not too high. This little ladder made a perfect inclined push-up spot. Do your push-ups making sure your body stays flat and your chest touches the bar.


20 tricep dips. Using a step or something low to hold on to, you can keep your legs straight out in front of you or if you need to modify bend your knees with your feet flat on the ground. 


20 pull-ups. Feel free to take breaks in between when you need to (I know I can't do more than 5 pull-ups at a time right now so do what you can). Find a spot that you can hold on to above your head. Bend your knees to make your arms hold your weight. Pull up until your chin is above your hands.



Repeat these moves 3 times, or as many times as you can until your kids are ready to go home. You can also add moves like calf raises, sit-ups, plank, cardio by running up and down the steps or around the park etc.

Do you ever workout while your kids play at the park?

How many pull-ups can you do?

18 comments:

  1. My kids have outgrown the playground but i"m not too grown up to play there!

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  2. I haven't been to a playground in years but this is a great workout! Sometimes I think we forget that we can use so many things to help us get in a good quality workout.

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  3. We have an incredible park in our subdivision, just about 3 blocks from our house. I have to say, when my kids were little, I was the mom sitting on the bench. They're now in the 20s, so I'd just be a weirdo if I did a workout there now!

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    1. I was that way for a long time. And to be honest, a lot of times I still am. I try to get my workout done before the kids wake up in the first place so I don't feel too bad about it. But the days that I don't get it in first, I feel a little guilty sitting there thinking about what I should be doing haha.

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  4. This is a fabulous idea! Might as well have fun right along with the kids

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  5. I was at a park just today but I just ran. I rarely exercise. My bad.

    I don't think I can do a single pull-up.

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  6. These are all great suggestions! I try to get creative with my workouts (like you do)...I don't have a gym membership, but it's pretty easy to find a lot of non-gym stuff to do body weight resistance moves on.

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    1. I don't have a gym membership either. I do have an app that I use for certain workouts if I'm having a hard time coming up with ideas. But I'm a big fan of body weight workouts too.

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  7. I actually love park workouts and my little divas love to do it with me I also have this weird obsession with monkey bars. So, you'll usually find us there pretending we're Ninja Warriors. Will have to add this to the fun!

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  8. Hah! I can't even do one pull-up, but what better place to play around with trying than a playground!

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    1. I also can not do pull ups. But this is an easy place to start!

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  9. Yay! I love playground workouts--it makes me feel like a kid again! :P

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  10. I love this! What a great way to get a workout using playground equipment!

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  11. Looks like you made great use of the playground equipment! So many great ways to get in a workout!

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  12. Great idea!

    Usually, if we were at the park, we were with other people, so I would be socializing, but this is wonderful if you need to get in a quick workout! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. I usually spend the time with others too! I love having another mom to visit with while the kids play. Have a great day Jennifer!

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  13. My son is 2.5 so we're most certainly at the playground age. Once he's a bit more independent playing at the playground I will most certainly be multitasking during our time there.

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