The weather is getting nicer by the day, and winter chills will soon be no more. The last place you want to be on a sunny day is stuck inside the gym. But with spring break right around the corner, you cannot afford to miss a workout day. If the treadmill has become the dreadmill, head to the park instead! Spice-up your workout routine with this fun park bench circuit. Get out and get moving!
Begin your workout with a ten minute jog around the park.
Do 10 reps of each exercise. Repeat the circuit by doing 9 reps of each exercise, then 8, then 7, and so on until you get to one rep of each. You will need a park bench and a positive attitude.
1. Tuck Jumps
Bend your knees, tighten your core and jump onto the bench. When you jump down, land softly by bending your knees.
2. Single Leg Triceps Dips
Hold on to the bench and come to a 90-degree angle with the ground. Extend one leg and suck your belly in. Keep elbows in toward your sides as you dip down and then back up.
3. Toe Taps
Alternately bring your legs up and tap your toe on the bench. Challenge yourself by going as fast as you can.
Begin by jumping straight up. Bend at your knees and place your hands on the bench. Jump your feet back to plank position and complete a pushup. Jump feet back in and repeat.
Who said park benches were only for sitting?
By Anna Werner
Photos by Madison Rowbotham