If you’ve got a park near you, you’ve got a wonderful workout waiting to happen. After a walk at a pace that works for you (or a jog or run) find yourself a park bench and get busy sitting and standing back up…there’s your “tap” squats. Turn around, face the bench and place your hands down on the seat. Bend and straighten your elbows and you can get in a few rounds of push-ups. Now that you are really warmed up and in the groove, take your right foot and step up on the bench…then your left…then right foot down…then your left…repeat. Doing step ups is great for your legs, butt and core as it requires some balance. Turn around again and face away from the bench. Sit. Put your hands on the front edge of the bench and slide your hips forward, off the bench. Bend your elbows to drop your hips and then push back up and you are doing dips for your upper arms. Lay on the bench and you get in some crunches, or place a towel on the ground in front of the bench, placing your feet up on the seat and do some crunches that way. Even better. This is an especially great way to multitask while your kids play at the park playground. No excuses.
While you are out there, feel the love of mother nature and be grateful for it and her! I am off to train Jane and we are gonna spend a little more time than usual when we hit the park bench along our trail!