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Making Fitness a Family Event at the Playground

This weekend I came to the realization that my body can just no longer “drop it like it’s hot”.

Sadly, I came to this conclusion when squatting down to try and pick up a barbie left on the ground and realizing I couldn’t make it back up without an assist.

My club-going, twenty year old, former-self would be highly disappointed.

In all honesty, I have a hard time working fitness into my everyday lifestyle. It just always seems like there are so many other items on my to do list.

It wasn’t until I came across this quote, that I decided I had it all wrong.

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Instead of trying to incorporate exercising into my own personal time, I needed to focus on making it a family event.

So this weekend we took the kids to the park and I discovered you can actually get a really good workout in while the kids are playing. Using the playground equipment, I was able to work in lunges, squats, leg lifts, pushups and tricep dips.

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My daughter thought it was the coolest thing and before I knew it, she wanted to participate in the “exercises”.

The park we went to had a big, grassy hill and we had races up and down the hill until we were all winded (or maybe it was just me) but having a great time.

I probably looked like a fool in front of the other people at the playground but my kids had a great time and got to see that exercising is fun and can a part of normal, everyday activities.

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Playing tag, basketball, creating an obstacle course for the whole family, or just taking it to the playground are ways to work fitness into everyday life.

 

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