My nearby park is the only public place I feel comfortable doing my boot camp workouts. Lots of other people are running, stretching and doing their workouts,so I don't feel self-conscious about doing my burpees and mountain climbers. Plus, living in Venice, I've got a great view!
I can't believe there was no mention of how playground equipment can be used to get a phenomenal workout. There are a million places to do pull-ups, incline/decline push-ups, inverted rows. I use the slides for my ab work, the park benches for step-up movements & bulgarian split squats. I make up my own little obstacle course and work out while my kids are playing. And the playground mulch itself creates a nicely-challenging unstable surface to help engage your core more with every move! I get some of my best workouts at the playground!
9/11/2011 4:27:46 PM
I live less than a quarter of a mile from one of the entrances to Mammoth Cave National Park. The trails there are awesome for walking, biking, and even horseback riding! I'm really blessed to have such a resource so close to home!
9/11/2011 2:19:40 PM
I love, love, love our park system! I think it's one of the best there is! There are paved trails that connect city to city, along with many hiking paths, horse riding paths, some of the paths have different fitness stations, and my very favorite is a section close to where I live that has a set of 136 stairs built into a cliff that you climb and then leads into different paths for running, walking, etc...But there is sooooo much more, fishing, picnicing, swimming...again the list goes on and on!
At my local park, a complete outer loop is 1 mile, so easy to know how many miles you have walked which is great since I have to train for a half marathon in May. As long as they have the snow cleared, I go even when it is 15 degrees. I have done a 5K and 10K so far as part of the training. I have a 15K Apr. 9th. I really enjoy walking in the state parks. I have also joined a hiking club too so am more motivated to get out and move and I have made great friends too.
Well, I am going to the ULTIMATE park in only 72 days....DISNEYLAND! You want exercise? Three days of power walking, going on rides, eating great foods, dancing for joy down the middle of Main Street, U.S.A.... now THAT'S a Walk in the Park....in Walt Disney's footsteps no less! Do you have any idea how far it is from ToonTown to California Screamin? I don't....I'm taking my pedometer, so I can find out!!! The one park we have here in this tiny rural town is where the druggies hang out....not much magic there. I'm not comfortable in the company of tweakers.
Those of us in snow country don't have access to parks yet, that's for sure, but Spark people also live in FL, TX, NM, etc., where the weather is nice. (I vaguely remember warmish weather with no snow.. LOL.)
One of my favorite places to walk in good weather -- no baseball, basketball, or tossing a frisbee there -- is the local cemetery. It's pretty. It's quiet (duhh). It's historical (I enjoy looking and reading old grave markers). It's safe because there is little if any traffic. The paths and roadway are fairly level so no tripping over stuff found on a usual hiking trail (much appreciated on a day when my knees are hurtin'). My town's cemetery even has a few hills which ramp up my walking.
There's still plenty of snow on the ground here in Minnesota, but my mom and I will be utilizing Como Park this evening with a power walk around the lake! It's great to have groomed trails and several acres of land in the middle of the city where you can walk and get your dose of nature. There are deer in the park, not to mention the smaller creatures - rabbits, fox, squirrells, mice, voles, ducks (in the spring and summer), and all sorts of migrating birds!
3/10/2011 8:31:47 AM
It's so odd to see user comments about their local parks. Move to Minnesota - then the article will make more sense. ;)
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