Summertime, and the livin' is easy. Which may mean that you find yourself at the park rather than at the gym. Good! Swings, slides and park benches can provide you a place to work out while watching the kids.
You might find that the kids with you — or around you — want to imitate what you're doing, as they did when Tonya Wells demonstrated these moves. That's not a bad thing, except with a couple of the exercises here, so pay attention to who's watching.
Here are some general ideas:
* Use park benches or picnic tables for dips, pushups and squats.
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* Use bars for pull-ups or leg lifts — with knees bent or legs straight out to form an L.
* Use swings for pushups or ab work: Lean back while you're swinging and cross and uncross your legs at the ankle.
* Use steps or curbs to strengthen calf muscles and increase balance.
Wells, a personal trainer and the owner of Mommy-Muscle Fitness in Wichita, suggests a couple of ways to get your heart rate up when you're done with these strength moves:
Try some traveling lunges around the play area or run up a slide, then walk down.
Yeah, the kids will probably notice you doing that one. But we've not seen a kid yet who hasn't done the same without an adult's example. And you might even bring out your inner kid while doing it!