For the last stop on my quest, I brought my personal trainer
Kevin Darling out to the playground to demonstrate a few simple
ways to maximize our jungle gym time with the kids to tone up,
stretch out, and get our blood pumping. Sitting on a bench watching
them have all the fun is kind of a drag, so put down the latte and
go swing from some monkey bars!
Here are three ways to use common playground equipment for
a better bod:
Pushup position with feet up on the
bench: Pushing your knee to your opposite
elbow will rotate your abdominals and engage your transverse
abdominals. With gravity forcing you down, your shoulders are
getting some great stability work.
Hanging from bar with knee
drivers: From the hanging position, engage
your lats and arm muscles (see picture). Driving both knees and
twisting as you come up, you're chiseling away for that
Back foot on bench, sinking the hips and rotating
both arms: This attacks the lower body
(quads, hamstrings, calves). The rotation of both arms will really
loosen the spine and is a great tweak for all mothers who play
tennis, golf, paddle, etc.