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Fall fitness: Exercise at the park

Michele Borboa, MS is a freelance writer and editor specializing in health, fitness, food, lifestyle, and pets. Michele is a health and wellness expert, personal chef, cookbook author, and pet-lover based in Bozeman, Montana. She is also...

Hit the park to get fit

The sweltering days of summer have gone and the crisp, cool climate of autumn is in the air. Though fall means back to school, chauffeuring kids to and from, and a jam-packed family schedule, fall also lends itself to outdoor activities and opportunities for busy moms to fit fitness into their day. Instead of fretting over a childcare opening at the gym, take your kids to the nearest park and tackle the following outdoor workout while your kids romp around the playground.

4. Slide and Plyometric Jump

A dynamic exercise to do with your kids, using the slide and adding a jump will boost your heart rate while working your upper and lower body and core muscles.

Start position: Stand facing the slide stairs and grab the handrails.

Movement: Briskly climb to the top of the slide and slide down, keeping your abdominals tight. When you reach the bottom, let your momentum carry you and try to land in a semi-squat position (very softly while absorbing any impact). Think of this as a plyometric end to the exercise. However, you can also land and then jump as high as possible reaching your hands up to the sky. Immediately circle back to the slide stairs and repeat.

Perform at least 10 repetitions without stopping.

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