If you have a park close to your house, it may be worth considering it as your next workout location. Stretches of soft grass, slightly uneven surfaces and park benches combine to produce a truly brilliant, all-rounder workout base. Simply pack a towel and water bottle, and use the walk there and back as your warm up and warm down!
Begin your park workout with some intense high knee jogging around its circumference. Hold your elbows and fists tightly into your sides, and land softly on your toes as you alternate between legs. Remember, you should be drawing your knees up as high as they can go without dipping your middle over to the side—keep that torso strong and straight.
This exercise requires a slippery dip (which is obviously free from any children sliding down!) and is based on the traditional tricep dip, a brilliant arm toning workout. With your back to the slide, place your hands either side of you on the edge. Step out your feet in front of you, placing them together, then bend your arms slowly in unison so your bottom drops towards the ground. Straighten your legs right out for an extra challenge!
With electricity boxes, benches and steps, your local park should have plenty of options for the next exercise in our park workout. Simply stand in front of your chosen ‘step’ and place one foot up on it. Use your arms to drive your other leg’s knee up in front of you, in a ‘stepping up’ move, then step back down returning to your original position. Complete a set number for your chosen leg, then repeat on the other side.
Using one of your park’s benches, place both hands just over shoulder width apart on its edge. Step back your feet (placing them together) so your body is in stiff, straight line—no protruding bottoms! Slowly bend your elbows, bringing your chest down towards the bench, and raise back up. Remember to hold in your core for added balance, a tip which can be applied to this entire workout.
For the final exercise of our park workout, start in the same position as your bench push ups, but with your hands shoulder-width apart. Jump out both feet to the side in a jumping jack, then return to your original position. Try to keep your torso straight and core tight.
Let us know if you’ve ventured down to your local park for a workout. Does your park offer any other equipment that can be used for exercise?