As a working mother, multitasking is something that we have to get good at quickly. My son is on winter break from school and I’ve taken vacation from work to hang out with him. One thing I learned quickly is that it’s difficult to work out with him in the house. He critiques (which can be a positive. lol.) and gets under my feet all. the. time. I determined that the best way to kill two birds with one stone, allowing for both me and him to burn energy, was to workout at the playground.
Here is what I did:
I brought a jump rope and used an interval timer to do cardio. If you don’t have an interval timer, Gymboss timers run about $20. If you have a smartphone, you can download either the Gymboss app (free) or the Interval Timer Pro app ($2.99). Both work very well.
I set my timer to 18 rounds of 45/20. That means that I alternated between 45 seconds of jumping rope and 20 seconds of rest. My legs were sore from previous workouts and I needed the 20 second downtime in between sets, but you can shorten that up to 10 or 15 seconds if you want to. This session lasted 20 minutes.
Afterward, I alternated between 10 reps of spiderman planks and assisted pull ups on the monkey bars. I did 16 rounds (8 rounds each) of this session.
The best thing is that I get this workout in while watching my son playing with other kids. 🙂 It’s important to remember that we don’t need an expensive gym membership or workout gadgets to get fit. The best thing you can have is motivation to do your best. You can even shorten up your sessions and play with your kids for a little while – that burn calories too. 🙂 We did a long game of tag, which was tough because my legs were dead tired from jumping rope.
Here are some link to other playground workouts I hope to incorporate soon.
- How To Workout at the playground to build muscle and lose weight
- Playground workout – Women’s Health
- Full-Body Playground Workout
I have also added these links to my Pinterest Workout Board.
Great stuff here! We all have busy schedules. I for one don’t have any children, so I have no clue as to how much time they actually take from our day. I wrote an article on my blog called “What’s important to you?” The moral of the blog was, we will find time for what’s important to us. It sounds like staying/getting fit is important to you, and you’re finding the time for it. Good for you! Keep it up girl. Inspire others and let’s infiltrate the universe with positive energy.
Don’t be limited by your own self doubt.
Thanks so much. I’m trying to make the best with the tie that I have. I used to feel that I just didn’t have the energy to get it done. The great thing about working out is that it boosts your energy level. You just have to motivate yourself to get moving. 🙂
Never knew about “Gymboss” of “Interval Timer Pro”. Thanks for sharing! Kudos to you for working out anywhere!
Thanks! I love using interval timers because you are essentially working against the clock. It is a great motivator, especially if you are competitive.
I love this! I am definitely a multi-tasker and this is an awesome idea! Thanks!! I need to get me one of those timers too!!