Playground Fitness for You

by Jacqueline Burt Wang

Playground Fitness for You

Why warm the bench while your kid gets all the action? Easy ways to make the most of your time at the playground:

Monkey-bar knee lifts
upper body, abs
Grasp an overhead bar with both hands. Tighten your abs. Exhale while bending your knees up in front of you as high as you can. Then inhale as you slowly straighten your legs. Repeat five times. To make the move harder, hold knees up for a count of two.

Slide lunges
buns, thighs, core
Stand, hands on your hips or by your sides, and face the bottom of the slide about six inches away. Inhaling, place your right foot on the bottom of the slide and bend that leg until you’re in a lunge position. Keep your shoulders squarely over your hips and your abdomen tight. Exhale while stepping back. Alternating legs, repeat five times on each side.

Swing crunches
Sit on a swing with a sturdy seat, feet firmly on the ground. Hold on to the chains. Lean back slightly and tighten your abs. Bring your knees to your chest as you exhale. Inhale as you straighten your legs. Repeat five times.

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