Posted on July 11 2018
I’m not the mom to young kiddos anymore, but I remember what that phase of parenthood was like. If kids could, I think they would spend every moment of a sunny day at the playground. I don’t blame them! I used to love it, too. As an adult, it’s fun to play with our kids at the playground, and while that gets some great cardio in, how can you make a playground trip a full workout? Here are some ideas to show you how to use playground equipment for your own gym while your kiddo plays and the best part is, it’s free with no gym membership required!
A Complete Playground Workout
Tip: I like to go earlier in the day. This ensures it is cool out for exercise and that there will be less kids on the playground so you aren’t in the way and have more access to equipment.
Slide Push Ups/Planks: Use the bottom of the slide as a way to do an incline for push ups and planks. Trust me when I say this new position will be a challenge! Just hold onto either side of the slide and do a push up. Adjust your feet back or forward for more or less incline.
Equipment Bar Lunge Dips: If your playground has bars at different heights, these are perfect for doing these lunge dips that work your quads, core and booty. Place one leg as high as is comfortable. Place your hands wherever they feel comfortable. (I like mine on the back of my head) Bend your other leg to take a dip. You will feel an incredible stretch and it will work on building strength. Make sure to pull your abs tight for this one.
Platform Step ups: Just like the classic step-up, you can do this at playgrounds. Just step up with one leg and then the other and step down, one foot at a time. I enjoy doing this to the beat of some music in my headphones.
Platform Jump Ups: Since playground platforms tend to be lower for little legs to climb, they are perfect for jump ups. Find a low one to start with and do a 2 legged jump up onto the platform. This can be a bit tricky so make sure you find one that is as low as possible. You will definitely have to practice this one.
Slide Mountain Climbers: Similar to the slide planks, these mountain climbers can be modified to have an incline as well. In fact, this is a great way to try them f you haven’t ever before. Simply hold onto each side of the bottom of the slide and lean forward. Bring one knee up and them the other in a fashion that would seem like you were climbing a mountain. Do this quickly for a good workout.
Other suggestions based on your fitness level:
I am still training for more upper body strength, but if there is a sliding pole, you could climb it. Look for places to do pull ups such as the monkey bars. Additionally, you could do balance exercises with a balance beam or just the wood planks. Look at the equipment at the playground you live nearest to as a gym and I bet you will come up with even more ideas!