In the spirit of my Make Fitness Fun Challenge this weekend here are a few exercises to do while your kids are “weeeee-ing” down the slide.
Single Leg Squats: Stand in front of a bench or sturdy chair and lower yourself down to a seated position using only one leg. Then stand up using both legs (as in a typical squat). Once you’ve mastered that, try sitting down and standing up with only one leg. Perform five to 10 repetitions on each leg to start, and progress to 15 to 20 repetitions as you become stronger.
Calf Raises: Use a step, ladder or curb to perform calf raises. The elevation allows you to increase the range of motion, enhancing the exercise. Just be sure not to use your upper body to help pull you up as you raise your body up onto your toes. Use your hands for balance only.
Triceps Dips: Locate a bar that you can rest both hands on, at a height that allows you to start with your hips forming a 90-degree angle, as though you were seated in a chair. Keeping your lower body steady, bend your elbows and begin lowering your hips toward the ground. When your elbows form a 90-degree angle, reverse the movement and return to start.