Guest post by Sammie Kennedy.
A trip to the playground isn’t just for kids, it can be for you too! With hot and sunny days finally here and hemlines getting shorter, don’t get anxious at the thought of short shorts and arm-baring tank tops. Some simple moves can help you tighten and tone in all the right spots.
While the kids are monkeying around on the jungle gym, you can squeeze in your own fun workout too. Take advantage of the gorgeous weather and get fit outdoors rather than be stuck doing a boring routine at the gym!
This 20-minute playground workout will definitely get your heart pumping and your body sweating while helping you tone-up all over.
• Place your hands about shoulder-width apart on a playground platform that is about waist high.
• Make sure your feet are planted about four feet away from the platform and your elbows straight. Keep your body straight and slowly bend your elbows until your chest almost touches the platform, then push yourself back to your starting position. Complete three sets of 12 – 15 reps.
Beginner: choose a fairly high platform, so that you are standing almost straight up for the starting position.
Advanced: choose a lower platform so that your body is almost horizontal, just like traditional push-ups.
• Stand in a lunge position with your back foot up on the bottom of the slide.
• Lower down, bending your front knee to about 90 degrees (careful not to let your front knee to go out beyond your toes!)
• Push back up to your starting position. Your weight should be through your front heel rather than your back foot. Complete three sets of 12 – 15 reps.
Monkey bar pull-ups
• Hang from the low monkey bars with your legs stretched out in front of you and your heels planted on the ground.
• Pull yourself up as high as you can and then lower back down into starting position.
• You will notice your back will be a bit rounded in the starting position. As you pull yourself up, your back will straighten considerably. (Try to consciously squeeze your shoulder blades together during the movement for maximum results). Complete three sets of 12 – 15 reps.
Sammie Kennedy is the creator and CEO of Booty Camp Fitness, Canada’s largest women’s-only boot camp program with approximately 100 locations across Canada. Booty Camp Fitness welcomes moms of all ages and fitness levels to its fun, friendly environment. Join at www.BootyCampFitness.com