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Fitness & Motherhood

Who says playgrounds are just for kids? Most people do but who says you can't use the playground to play with your kids and get a great workout at the same time! Enjoy the great weather and fresh air and get a great workout using body resistance exercises while feeling like a kid again.

School is back in session which means a much more hectic schedule compared to the lazy days of summer. As moms we know how hard it is to find some time to yourself, nevertheless time to work out. A great way to spend time with the kids and get fit is to head over to your local playground. Below you will see a workout routine that you should do three to four days a week to see great results.

You might get a few funny looks as other moms and kids are at the playground but just know you are on your way to a fitter you, who knows you might meet some other moms who want to join in!

Always start your workout with a warm up to prevent injuries, you can try chasing the kids around the playground for a few minutes. The goal for this workout is to complete each circuit three times for maximum results. Have fun and when you finish you will feel like the queen of the playground!

Exercise 1: Alternating Step Ups (10 each leg)- Find a stable bench to perform step ups. Step up on the bench with one leg bringing the opposite knee up. Step back down and switch legs.

Exercise 2: Push Ups (20 reps)- Find a solid surface to place your hands for push-ups, for example a bench or base of a slide. Keep your core tight and elbows at your side while performing this exercise.

Exercise 3: Body Rows (10 reps)- Look for a bar that's low enough, for example a ladder rung or there might be a bar that is perfect height. While holding the bar with an underhand grip make your body into a tight plank and use your arms to pull yourself up.

Exercise 4: Tricep Dips (15 reps)- Using a bench, end of the slide or playground platform and perform tricep dips. The farther your feet are from your butt the harder the set will be.

Exercise 5: Lunges (15 reps on each leg)- Place your back leg on a stable inclined surface, for example the stairs to the slide or to test your balance a swing. Perform 15 lunges on each leg, beware one legged inclined lunges are tricky!

Exercise 6: Abs (20 reps)- Jump onto the monkey bars and hang from one of the bars while flexing your abs. Use your core to pull your knees up into your chest.

Great job, you just completed the Playground Workout! Now have a nice cool down and stretching session with the kids. After this workout you will never look at a park bench the same, no more sitting and watching the kids play it's your turn to get active too!

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About Alison

Alison Neal is the owner of Stroller Strides of Fredericksburg. Stroller Strides is a total body workout that is done alongside your baby. Each instructor modifies the workouts for all fitness levels. As a mother, Alison knows it is hard to fit workouts into a busy schedule, but follow her blog right here for great fitness and healthy living tips! You can also learn more about Stroller Strides by visiting her website.

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