It’s hard to justify training in a dark gym when the sun is still shining outside. Especially since you can build muscle just as effectively using your own bodyweight as you can by lifting some iron. All you really need is something to push or pull on, and a little open space where you can move your body and activate all the muscles you’re used to training indoors. We came up with a plan you can do at your local park (or in the prison yard—hey, we won’t judge) to get you ripped and strong while improving your tan at the same time.
One way to get in a good workout is to head to a local park. In fact, this could be an exciting opportunity to spend time with kids or a friend or create a regular fitness routine. Indeed, a local park can be a gym with some creativity and practicality.
Pull-ups can improve mental and physical health, grip strength, and overall body strength. Of course, tree limbs, pull-up bars, or jungle gyms can all be used to do pull-ups. Other than this, there’s no equipment involved, so this exercise is free to perform.
Head for a Run
If there’s a running trail, this could be the perfect time to head for a walk or run. Be sure to wear appropriate shoes (like men’s or women’s sneakers) to make running easier and more comfortable. In addition, try increasing running endurance by using an app like Runkeeper. Another idea is to run up and down a hill. This can give a person enough resistance to make the workout challenging.
Use the Parallel Bars
While hanging from a jungle gym or parallel bars, try using your hands to walk. Although men are often better at exercises that require upper body strength, women can benefit from challenging themselves with different exercises. Moreover, this gives parents a way to watch their kids and work out for around an hour.
Use a Bench
Instead of sitting around watching the kids, use a park bench to get in shape. Not only are benches versatile, but one way to maximize their potential is by doing bench dips. After putting hands on the seat and bending the legs slightly, stretch the legs in front of the body. Then lower the body to the ground and up. Repeating this exercise should cause the pectorals and triceps to burn. Benches can also be used for pushups. Firstly, place the hands on the bench seat, then stretch the body straight out. Now try doing some pushups.
Try the Swing
For one thing, daring social media stars often jump over a swing and land on the other side. On the other hand, a safer exercise is called the swing plank. With the back to the swing, get into a position so that both feet are on top of the swing and the hands are flat on the ground. Now try staying in a plank position for a few minutes.
Climb Some Stairs
Many parks have stairs that anyone can use at almost any time of day. Walking or even jogging up and down the stairs is a smart way to burn fat, tone the calves and thighs, and build up the abs, among other things. Furthermore, the cardiovascular system and lungs can benefit from climbing stairs.
Try Using Resistance Bands
Although there are plenty of ways to exercise for free at a local park, some people enjoy using the equipment. For one, resistance bands or gravity straps can be used on a sturdy item such as a tree. Resistance bands are also portable, easy to set up, and can even be used by older adults. Improve core strength, lose weight, and prevent cardiovascular disease.
Have a Fitness Routine
Sticking to a fitness routine can make it easier to achieve weight loss or other goals. Doing intervals of favored exercises can be exciting and rewarding. For instance, try doing jumping jacks, burpees, running, and others to create an enjoyable routine.
Going to an actual gym isn’t necessary to stay fit. All it takes is creative ideas and the right exercise equipment. Further, getting kids involved in fitness can help them learn the value of better health. Besides this, remember to make exercise fun to stay motivated and inspired.