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6 Exercises you can do in your local park

by About Getting Out

We all know that regular exercise is essential, but finding the time and motivation to hit the gym or book onto an exercise class can sometimes elude us. Help is at hand. With warmer weather finally arriving across the country, British and National Wrestling Champion KEITH MCNIVEN, founder of Right Path Fitness is urging us to get up, get outside and get active.Keith says:

There’s no need for fancy equipment. Your local park has everything you need for a good workout. Training outside improves mood, offers variety and can increase motivation. Here are six exercises to try.

1. LUNGES

British and National Wrestling Champion KEITH MCNIVEN, founder of Right Path Fitness shares 6 Exercises you can do in your local park.

Start with a stretch. Stand with your knees together and bring your foot behind you to touch your heel to your bum. Hold for 30 seconds and do same with your other leg. For the lunge stand with legs about shoulder-width apart. Step forward, keeping your back straight and most of your weight on your front foot and heel. A 90-degree angle with your front leg is your aim. 10 reps is a good starting point but seek advice if you’re new to exercise or have any injuries. Repeat for the other side.

2. WALK OUT PUSH UPS

British and National Wrestling Champion KEITH MCNIVEN, founder of Right Path Fitness shares 6 Exercises you can do in your local park.

Excellent for building core strength and working on your arms and chest. Start from a standing position then bend and slowly walk your arms along the ground until you’re in a push-up position. Hold for a second then gently lower into a controlled push-up. Slowly walk your hands back and rise back to standing. The numbers of reps you start with depends on your individual fitness level.

3. DIPS

British and National Wrestling Champion KEITH MCNIVEN, founder of Right Path Fitness shares 6 Exercises you can do in your local park.

A park bench, if it’s nice and stable, is the perfect place to do your dips. Sit on the edge of your bench, hands gripping the edge and legs shoulder width apart, with knees bent and toes pointing up. Slowly lower your bum over the side dipping down, keeping the movement controlled and feeling the stretch in your triceps. Repeat ten times.

4. STEP UPS

British and National Wrestling Champion KEITH MCNIVEN, founder of Right Path Fitness shares 6 Exercises you can do in your local park.

Here the humble park bench comes into its own again, being an ideal height for some step ups. Making sure the bench is sturdy, place one foot on the bench and step up, so you’re standing fully on the bench. Step down. Complete ten reps for each leg. And make sure you’re keeping that back straight and not slumping, as this can affect your balance.

5. MOUNTAIN CLIMBERS

British and National Wrestling Champion KEITH MCNIVEN, founder of Right Path Fitness shares 6 Exercises you can do in your local park.

Mountain Climbers are one of my favourite exercises for building core strength as well as working glutes and legs. Check your bench is secure, then place your hands on the edge and legs out straight behind you, toes down. Bring each leg alternatively in towards the bench in a low down climbing motion. You can up the reps and pace, depending on your fitness experience.

6. PRESS UPS

British and National Wrestling Champion KEITH MCNIVEN, founder of Right Path Fitness shares 6 Exercises you can do in your local park.

The press up is brilliant for strengthening pectoral muscles, triceps and shoulders. Once again, rest your hands on the edge of the park bench with a firm grip facing towards the ground. Get your legs out straight and arms shoulder-width apart. Hold then slowly lower yourself down into a press up. Start with 10 and increase each time you train.

British and National Wrestling Champion Keith McNiven is the founder of Right Path Fitness and the man behind Dateercise pop-up fitness classes.

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16 comments

Tooting Mama May 12, 2018 - 4:10 pm

Definitely some good exercise moves I can incorporate when I am next out on my run!

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About Getting Out May 13, 2018 - 10:36 pm

Incorporating them in with a run is a great idea πŸ™‚

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Wendy May 13, 2018 - 10:02 am

Wow, this is a great idea! I think I would feel a bit silly though doing these exercises in a busy irk, maybe I should get a bench in my garden!

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About Getting Out May 13, 2018 - 10:39 pm

Haha, I have to admit I have a very quiet spot earmarked for doing mine πŸ™‚

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Marie Blake May 13, 2018 - 5:01 pm

I like this, the gym is so expensive and often pressure to go, why not use the resources around you for free? Great post!

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About Getting Out May 13, 2018 - 10:43 pm

Thanks Marie, gym memberships are really expensive and I for one find it hard to find the time. I’m always going to the park with the kids and the dog though so I’m definitely giving these a go!

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Ondo Lady May 13, 2018 - 8:23 pm

Some great tips. Why pay out a fortune on a gym membership when you can just get fit working out in a park.

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About Getting Out May 13, 2018 - 10:44 pm

I love that it’s outside in the fresh air as well – much better than being stuck in a sweaty gym!

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Laura Dove May 13, 2018 - 10:36 pm

Great advice for working out outside! I much prefer to be outdoor in the summer, it;’s way too nice to slog it out in the gym!

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About Getting Out May 13, 2018 - 10:46 pm

I totally agree Laura – we really should make the most of any fine weather we get πŸ™‚

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Stephanie May 14, 2018 - 8:56 pm

I see people in the park doing their exercises, so nice to do them outdoors rather than inside.

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About Getting Out May 16, 2018 - 8:55 am

Definitely, much better than being confined inside πŸ™‚

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AMY - All about a Mummy May 15, 2018 - 3:05 pm

Great idea. I’m rubbish at fitting exercise into my schedule but I could do this on the way back from the school run each day.

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About Getting Out May 16, 2018 - 9:06 am

I’m exactly the same Amy. I have a membership and love going to classes once I’m booked in but am rubbish at scheduling it!

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Mudpie Fridays May 20, 2018 - 8:32 pm

I use to have things scheduled all the time, then I became a mum! These are great though as its easy to fit in and I am sure even I could manage it! x

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About Getting Out May 23, 2018 - 2:40 pm

It’s definitely harder to schedule anything once you are a parent. I love these exercise too and think that all the family could give them a go πŸ™‚

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