Monkey Around & Get Fit With This Playground Workout

By , SparkPeople Blogger
The playground is to children as the bar is to adults--a communal space where gossip is exchanged, friendships are cemented and good times are had by all. The big difference between the two, though, is the level of activity. Kids hit the playground like it's their job, running from slide to slide, pushing themselves to finally make it across the monkey bars, pumping their legs furiously to prove to their friends that it is possible to flip over the swing bar and racing one another from one activity to the next. It's almost exhausting to watch how hard they play.

But just because we've graduated from the fourth grade doesn't mean we should let the kids have all the fun, does it? Isn't it time we took back the playground? 

Grabbing a quick workout at the playground is a great way to fit in some fitness when you're home with the little ones. Plus, exercising outside comes with a range of health benefits that can't be ignored. The next time you find yourself at your local playground, abandon the park bench and mix and match exercises from the infographic below, instead. Have the kids join in for a fun family sweat, or go it alone on your next run through the park for a great strength training break. 

How do you incorporate fitness into your playground dates?