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Park workouts

Who needs a gym when you’ve got the great outdoors?

You might think the local playground is a place just for the kids, but you’d be surprised – monkey bars, swings and even the humble bench can provide the perfect equipment for a full body workout – and it’s much more fun!

Use benches for step ups, tricep dips and incline press ups, or as markers to run between. You can do wall sits against trees, run in between lampposts, and if you’re lucky enough to have a full outdoor gym in your local park you can make use of that too.

And if you’re free every Saturday at 9am you can join the thousands of runners across the country taking part in their local parkrun – a free, weekly timed 5k run, jog or walk around the park!

Why is it good for me?

In addition to the physical benefits of getting your fitness fix in your local park, exercising outside is a fantastic stress reducer. Exercising outside has been proven to improve blood pressure, decrease risk of cancer and even improve short term memory!

A good bodyweight workout can be just as effective as lifting weights in the gym, is easier on the joints, and brilliant for building all-over strength and stability.   

Exercises such as step ups, lunges, tricep dips, and press ups use your own weight as the resistance and are known as compound movements, meaning they work multiple muscle groups.

For example, a simple press up works the chest, shoulders and triceps, and it might not look like much, but a wall sit works multiple muscles in your legs including your glutes, quads, hamstrings and calves!

How much does it cost?

Nothing – the park is free to use!

What equipment do I need?

Everything you need is at your local park!