|Fantastic outdoor fitness station I stumbled upon in Buenos Aires|
You don't really need specialized outdoor fitness equipment though. While adult-sized high bars are fantastic for so many movements (pullups, muscle ups, bar rolls, skin-the-cat, toes-to-bar, etc), you can do so many cool movements with standard children's playgrounds. I often get little kids at the playground trying to mimic my movements. What better way to inspire youngsters to develop a lifelong movement habit than through personal example?
Don't overlook climbing up, balancing on, crawling around, carrying things or jumping over obstacles of opportunity in your local park or neighborhood. I love to string up a climbing rope in the park and incorporate climbing into a circuit course using a park bench, tree, steps, wall or whatever.
|No outdoor fitness course nearby? Make your own.|
- Run to a playground (1/4 to 1 mile)
- Do a couple of passes on the monkey bars
- Hold a handstand against a wall or tree for 30 secs
- Balance on each foot for 30 secs each
- Carry a cinder block in each arm for distance
- Vault or leap a park bench x 10
- Duck walk for 10 yds x 3
- Sprint home
Experiment with other moves, duration and intensity. There are a bunch of great YouTube videos describing playground workouts or look into the MovNat sample workouts. Use your exercise time as a chance to have some fun while you get stronger and healthier.