Gym memberships are expensive, and it’s often more fun to get outdoors and work out in the sunshine than it is to stay inside a gym. With this in mind, we’ve compiled some of the best ways to turn your park into a gym.
Don’t overlook the playground
Parks often have playgrounds, and playgrounds are often filled with bars of all different varieties — jungle gym, anyone? Work some pull-ups into your routine by hanging from a jungle gym, pull up bar, or even a sturdy, sturdy tree limb: pull yourself up until your chin is higher than your hands, and then repeat. Pull-ups are some of the best upper-body exercises because they work many muscles at once; primarily the lats and biceps.
To work your triceps, shoulders and chest, move to the parallel bars and raise yourself up to an initial position — your arms should be extended, and supporting the entire weight of your body. Next, lower yourself to a final position where your elbows are bent and your shoulders are mildly stretched; typically until your upper arms are parallel to the ground. To add more of an abdominal component, perform a dip, raise your legs straight out in front of you as high as you can, and hold.
Look out for overhead parallel bars or rings and attempt to “walk” your way back and forth; swinging as you go. This will build both arm, back and core strength.