Exercise, Have Fun, and Spend Minimal Dollars

I found a great way to exercise, have fun and spend minimal dollars. You have to take your mind and body back to a place, you know so well.  Its a place where you have your fondest childhood memories. Yes, the playground.  I went to the playground and just swung on the swing for about 15 minutes.  Later, my legs, back, shoulders and arms felt sore. But while I was swinging, memories of the fun I had as a child on my very first swing set, flooded my mind. It was wonderful and I felt exuberant. There’s a sense of freedom as you go higher and higher. I want more. I have to go back to the playground. So move over kids, here I come.  Most of the playground items from my child hood are gone. I saw no merry go rounds, no see saws, and no monkey bars. There are play gyms with built in slides. Some of which are too small for adults. I suggest doing your homework in locating the playgrounds of the past. For me, Washington DC had a host of old styled playgrounds, loaded with goodies. I do think See Saws are long gone because of injuries to children like bruised knees, bleeding chins, etc.  http://www.livingwellmagazine.net/health/lwm-health-news/family-health/109-is-the-seesaw-missing-from-your-playground-of-health

Did you know you can burn 200 calories by swinging on the swings for one hour.  http://www.livestrong.com/article/372316-is-swinging-on-a-swing-good-exercise/

You can have a whole playground workout, right along with your kids.  http://venice-kichura.suite101.com/how-to-have-a-playground-workout-a77667

The health benefits of working out at the playground are endless.  http://voices.yahoo.com/the-playground-exercise-plan-parents-317054.html

Remember hopscotch? Well, there is a great fitness benefit to hopscotch too. http://mizfitonline.com/2010/12/15/five-reasons-you-need-to-hopscotch/

You can also take things along with you to enjoy a great workout while having fun.  Hula hoops can be used plain or weighted for extra benefit. http://www.livestrong.com/article/288017-what-are-the-fitness-benefits-of-hula-hooping/

Jump ropes are great work out accessory. http://www.fitnessmagazine.com/workout/arms/express/jump-rope-workouts/

Remember the “Skip, skip, skip to my lou  song?” You can skip your way to fitness too.  Having fun, laughing and playing is the key to overall health.  http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/dietandfitness/3343767/Skipping-your-way-to-fitness.html

The whole idea is to have fun, without spending a bunch of money. Jump rope costs anywhere from $2.00 dollars to $40.00. Hula Hoops costs from $4.00 dollars to $30.00. And, you don’t need a gym bag. Just put on some sweat clothes, tennis shoes, and go have some pure uncut fun! Enjoy life. Get out there and play. Have fun and lose weight.

by Joan Farley

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About jfarley53

Being 56 is wonderful. I have so many new and jumbled insights on life.
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One Response to Exercise, Have Fun, and Spend Minimal Dollars

  1. Meeyah Farley says:

    Hey, ma. I just came across the blog piece about having fun while exercising at the playground. Thank you for posting! It’s really good!

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