4 Upper Body Exercises You Can Do at the Park

Many of us mommas spend a good bit of time at the park. And why not, when it can be used as a gym or office with free childcare? 😉 

(Side note: always keep an eye on your kiddos at the park–just wanna make sure that’s clear, ok?)

While the kids are running, climbing, jumping, and swinging, it can be the perfect time for Mom to exercise too. Since it’s Saturday morning and we’re headed out to the park, here are four of my favorite upper body exercises that only require 1) you and 2) a park bench.

1. Walking plank

Start in plank position, shoulders over hands. Move left hand and left foot simultaneously to the left, then bring right hand and right foot to the left so you’re back in plank position. Repeat to the left for a distance, then switch to the right so end up back where you started. I went left for half a basketball court length, then switched to go right.

Keep core tight and engaged, keep hip movement to a minimum.

2. Shoulder push-ups

(Ignore the less-than-perfect self-timer photo. It was the best out of 4. Haha)

Start in downward dog position (make an upside down V with your body) and bend your elbows as you lower your head toward the ground. Maintain the upside down V shape, keeping back and legs straight. Push back up and repeat 10-15 times.

3. Tricep dips

Sit on bench facing away from table. Plant hands firmly next to your hips, scoot off the bench, and walk feet out so your back and bottom just clear the bench as you sink downward. Keep arms at a nice 90 degree angle as pictured, then press up through your hands. Repeat 10-15 times.

4. Bench push-ups

Just like regular push-ups, but can be done two ways: hands on bench (pictured) is easier than a regular push-up, or feet on bench with hands on ground is harder.

Repeat these 4 exercises as a circuit up to 3 times. 

Extra challenge: plank for 1 minute after you’re finished.

Let me know how you like the workout if you try it! Happy weekend!

❤ Gina

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