This month we’re going to get outside and exercise on the playground! Swings, slides and monkey bars all make great workout equipment, plus you’re usually surrounded by park benches, trees and other structures to use creatively. This is gonna be fun.
This week we’ll start off with two core moves you can do on the swings.
Swing as ab roller: Put your hands on the seat of the swing, feet on the ground, and extend at the hips until you’re in a plank position. The further back you place your feet, the harder this is.
Swing plank tuck: This time put your feet on the swing, and your hands on the ground. (If the playground has mulch or something uncomfortable on the ground, use a towel or sweatshirt to cushion your hands.) Tuck your knees toward your chest, and straighten them out again.
A swing without a kid is basically a suspension trainer, so for more ideas, check out this list of suspension trainer exercises.
If you’re a parent or caretaker, you can exercise alongside your kid. Or if you’d prefer to do your workout when the playground is empty, use the clock and the weather to your advantage: Early mornings and on-and-off drizzly days (bring a towel to dry the equipment) tend to leave playgrounds wide open for us grownups who just want to get in a workout.