'Play-out' in the Park
While you might want to think of this as a 'workout', I prefer calling it a 'play-out'. What's better than moving the body God gave ya outdoors during the season of fun in the sun!?
Our children do it all the time: Play to stay fit. They run and romp, they climb and chase, they twist and tumble. While we may not be quite as nimble as a six or ten year old, as long as we're alive I believe moving makes life more livable, literally. Without exercise, I would not be who I am today. Mostly, I make a habit of moving for the mood boosting effects. But, in many ways, fitness tones my spiritual side all the while icing the (whole grain) cake with health benefits galore.
And when weather permits, 'fresh-air fitness' feels all the better to me!
So don't let the children be the only ones playing in the park this year! Whether you run alongside them or you perform some on-purpose fitness moves at the park while they play, take full advantage of this sunny, stimulating season.
Oh, and I must make mention of possible social side effects of exercising outside: Yes, passersby may watch and wonder. Don't worry about that! It's probably only because they wish they were out there with you!
This spring and summer, YOU set the outdoor fitness standard with some great ‘play-outs’!
For this ‘play-out’, I went to a park near home (my neighbors already know what to expect!). I’d say this is for exercise intermediates. But, just do what you can. For beginners, don’t worry—even doing a few of these is better than sitting on a bench texting (….did I say that?!) while the kiddos run around. For more advanced exercisers, turn up the volume by tossing in some cardio intervals or more rapid reps.