Fun ways to work out with the family at your local park

One of the best things you can do for your kids’ health —and your own—is to exercise together as a family. When working out is a family activity, you show your kids the importance of physical activity, and you also make it more fun. You don’t have to join a gym or pay for expensive workout equipment, either. A family trip to the park is all you need to get a great workout together. As long as everyone has been cleared by his or her physician and you know where to go if anyone needs emergency care, then you’re ready to try these activities with your family.

Hit the playground
The playground in the park is fun for everything, and it can give you a good physical workout. Do these activities in the playground to stay fit:

  • Climb across the monkey bars or use them for pull-ups
  • Climb up the fireman pole
  • Pump your legs to see who can swing the highest
  • Take turns pushing each other on the swing to give your arms a workout

If you have the space to yourself, you can also set up a timed obstacle course using the playground equipment.

Take a stroll
Enjoy the scenery of the park and your family’s company as you take a brisk walk around the perimeter of the park. Find out how long the walking path is and do a few laps to work up to the distance you want. Simply walking for 30 minutes can also be great exercise.

If you have a family of runners, you can jog the path. You can also have sprint competitions as you make your way around.

Use the benches
Benches are great for taking a break or sitting and enjoying some downtime after your workout, but they also double as exercise equipment. Use the benches to have modified push-up challenges, or step one leg up at a time onto the bench to do tap-ups.

Just 30 minutes of exercise per day can help your family reduce your risk of heart disease, stroke , and type 2 diabetes. At Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center, we’re your partner in good health, with comprehensive physician care, emergency care, and inpatient services. Get answers to your questions about our hospital by calling (702) 233-5300.

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