The Busy Person Park Workout

The Busy Person Park Workout


Research shows that when you are crazy-busy, exercising helps you balance work-home life better. And you don’t need a ton of time or a swanky gym to get in a good workout. The playground or the park can become your gym, using unique equipment to do heart-pumping, muscle-toning exercises. A slide, swings, and monkey bars test your balance, agility, and strength, using them you will burn calories and sculpt. Do 2 to 3 sets of 10 to 12 reps of each of these moves.

Monkey Bars:

Hanging Bicycle (works shoulders, back, biceps, abs and obliques)

  • Jump and grab one of the bars with both hands (palms facing down).
  • Raise legs to hip level (so body forms an L shape).
  • Draw right knee toward chest, then straighten leg and draw left knee in for 1 rep.
  • Continue, quickly alternating sides.


Reverse Climb (works abs, butt, hamstrings)

  • Crouch on the bottom of the slide, facing the top.
  • Climb up as quickly as possible.
  • Slide down or take the stairs for 1 rep
  • Repeat


Walking Push-up (works shoulders, chest, biceps, abs and butt)

  • Start in plank with hands on the far right side of the bench.
  • Do a push-up, then walk left hand and foot left, then right hand and foot for 1 rep.
  • Perform another push-up.
  • Continue this pattern until you reach the end.
  • Then walk hands and feet the other way until you complete all reps.


Split Squats (works butt, quads, hamstrings)

  • Stand facing away from the swing with top of right foot on seat.
  • Bend knees until right knee hovers above ground.
  • Straighten legs for 1 rep.
  • Do all reps, switch sides and repeat.

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