PLAYGROUND WORKOUT PART II: TIPS

This is a short series of posts regarding the ins and out, hows and whys of performing workouts at your local playground. 

So I felt like Part I in the series was getting a little lengthy and I needed to wrap it up, buuuuut…I do have just a few tips for you in your quest to start a playground workout. Let’s consider this an addendum to the Part I post.

— TIP #1

If you don’t have kids, I get that you, being an adult, might have some trepidation in showing up to a playground to get a workout in.

Hopefully you aren’t rolling up in this

creep van #1

or this

creep van #2

But seriously, no one is going to call the cops on you. You might get a few stares, but you have every right to be there enjoying that public facility. Just make sure you aren’t saying anything more than a cordial “hello” to the kiddos.

sign

They don’t need to hear about your pull-up record just like you don’t need to engage them in talking or playing. Trust me, if you take it anywhere past a “hello”, you will (a) have mama bear sic’d on you or (b) be dragged into a never-ending game of tag involving all of the kids because THEIR parents are busy doing this

cell phone

which brings me to…

— TIP #2

If you just can’t seem to shake the weirdness of not having a kid to be your alibi for being at the playground…then bring one! Take a nephew, niece, neighbor. Just remember that you became responsible for that kid when you agreed to take them to the playground, so it might be a good idea to let the parents and the kid in on your intentions to workout while assuring them that the kid will be safe and within eyesight and earshot at all times during the workout.

And if you have kids and you’re thinking about transforming from the parent on the park bench looking at Facebook the entire time to the playground exerciser, just think of the example you’d be setting for your kids by being active and healthy rather than sedentary and more interested in sports scores.

OR

— TIP #3

Bring a friend! There is tons of evidence in exercise psychology that people that workout with friends, and that have that social support group, are able to stick to a workout regimen much longer.

My wife was training for a marathon this past year, and when that alarm went off at 5:30 AM and it was cold and dark outside and warm and cozy in the bed, do you know what she did? She got up for that 8 mile run. And do you want to guess why? Because she knew our neighbor and her training partner was waiting out in the cul-de-sac for her.

A workout friend is great for accountability, motivation, and support. Plus, the more of you there are, the better chance you have of fighting off the little ankle-biters to get your set of stair climbers in. Power in numbers. But, seriously, don’t fight the kids for the equipment. That’s not cool.

Hope these tips helped! If you have any to add, please post a comment.

Be well, y’all.

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