Tips & Techniques

Playground Fitness: Staying active while the kids play

Megan Long 
June 17, 2024
Playground Fitness: Staying active while the kids play

Playground Fitness: Staying active while the kids play

As Summer flies by most of us do not want to spend it inside the gym (or basement) getting our workout in for the day. As a busy parent myself, I know first hand how hard it is to find time to take care of ourselves and complete weekly workout outs. Well here is a quick tip for you…take it to the playground!

The next time you take the children in your life to the playground take a look around and you will see you have an outdoor gym at your fingertips. When my children were young, I was pushing them on the swing and realized I could perform a squat in between every push or balance on one foot. From there I realized the options were endless. 


Here are a few ideas to get you started

  1. Quick Steps or Step-ups on the playground equipment or curb to increase your heart rate.
  2. Single leg squats off the equipment to dynamic balance and strengthening
  3. Planks from various heights to engage the core
  4. Single leg balance Catch for balance, ankle stability and coordination

Other ideas to take advantage of your time outside at the playground

  1. Pull-ups/Push-ups on the playground equipment gives you a variety of heights to match the challenge you need.
  2. Running laps around the playground (You never know, you may get another parent to join you!) 
  3. Lunging and side stepping around the equipment


Lastly, don’t be embarrassed if you are the only adult not sitting on the park bench! Most likely, those watching haven’t thought of the idea yet and are staying “Good for them!!”. And just like when we were kids you may just make a new friend!


Meet the Author
Megan graduated with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from The University of Illinois at Chicago. Since graduating Megan has been treating patient in the outpatient orthopedic environment. She specializes in treating performing artists such as dancers, cheerleaders, gymnasts, and ice skaters. Megan has participated in several dance and gymnast specific courses and conferences over the years. Some of Megan's advanced training includes: Graston Technique, Rock-tape, Pose Certified Running Technique Specialist, Myofascial Decompression.
You were made to move!