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We all know exercise is great for our physical and mental health, and now that spring is here and the threat of frostbite isn’t as real, it’s a great time to take your workout outdoors. From walking to tossing a frisbee in your local park, the options for outdoor exercise are limitless. Experts even suggest that taking a workout outdoors will encourage you to spend more time being active and you may work harder than you do indoors. One way to bring excitement to your workout is to head to the local playground with your family. Ideally, you can tackle your workout while your children burn their energy for a win-win outing. Here are some things to try out: • Climb the play structures – a rousing game of tag – a great cardio workout. • Swinging on the swings will work wonders for your core and balance. • Head to a bench for some inclined push-ups and then tricep dips to work out your arms and shoulders. • Speed walk or do some walking lunges around the perimeter of the park to up your cardio. • Hold a plank as your child goes up and down the slide. • Walk the balance beam to improve your balance or jump over it for a cardio boost. • The step around the edge of the sandbox is a great place to do step ups. Depending on the layout of the park and the equipment available, there are so many movements you can do that will provide a workout. Let your inner child out and have fun!

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