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Parents are multitaskers by nature. You have to be, or nothing would ever get done! And when it comes to working out, sometimes you have to fit it in however you can — even if that means combining fitness with a trip to the park.
Luckily, parks and playground equipment make the perfect makeshift gym if you use your imagination just a little bit. With a little flexibility, you can give your child a fun day at the park and your body a great workout, all at the same time.
Here are six tips for how to sneak in exercise while at the park with your kids.
If your child loves nothing more than to be pushed on the swings, this is the perfect option for you. Simply lower into a deep squat in between each time you push the swing for a serious leg burner.
Speaking of leg burners, doing lunges around the perimeter of the playground allow you to both keep an eye on your child and work your quads. You can even vary this up by adding a pulsing lunge or a jumping lunge for an extra challenge.
Bench Dips and Step Ups
Chances are, there will be a bench or some form of seating nearby. Rather than sit passively and watch your child, you can do bench dips and step ups to work your triceps and get your heart pumping with some cardio.
Playgrounds are full of platforms and steps that are perfect for calf raises. As you’re following your child up to the slide, pause on a step or hanging platform and do 10 calf raises for a quick burn.
Monkey Bar Chin Ups
While even just swinging from the monkey bars can put your arm strength to the test, practicing your chin ups is a great way to get in an extra strength workout. Can’t do a full chin up? Try a reverse chin up where you lower yourself down, maintaining a slow, controlled form.
Why not get your child involved in your workout? Suggest a game of chase or tag to get your heart-rate up. Next thing you know, you’ll have burned a bunch of calories by doing nothing more than playing.
Keep It Simple
There are plenty of exercises that you can do in the open space of a park that require no equipment at all — playground or otherwise. Try jumping jacks, push-ups, leg lifts, crunches…the possibilities go on and on.
With these ideas, you can get just as good of a workout at the park as you would at the gym, without even having to spend time away from your child. Plus, you’ll be setting a great example for your son or daughter as you exercise and they play. Your playground workout will demonstrate how to continue having fun by moving their body as they grow up.
Get the ideal playground workout sock or, rain for your next hike while at the park with a pair of hiking socks for women or men.
Your sock size shouldn’t be a guessing game. Our socks range from small to double XL, but the best way to know the perfect fit for you is to match your shoe size to the chart on the left. That way, you’ll know the size you select will give you the fit and feel you expect.
Between sizes? Go with your gut, but rest assured that your socks will still fit great. If you receive your order and find yourself wishing you’d gone up or down a size, just let us know. We’ll happily send you replacements for your preferred size.
Concerned about laundry mix-ups? All FITS® socks are coordinated by color and size, based on the colors you see on the size chart. So, you won’t have to worry about mixing up your sizes with the other FITS® wearers in your home. (But stray socks mysteriously going missing in the dryer? Unfortunately, we can’t help with that.)
Sock sizes are typically measured in inches, not by your shoe size. So, a sock size 6-8 will comfortably fit someone whose feet are between six and eight inches long. However, at FITS®, we make it easy for you to choose the ideal sock size without having to measure your foot. Simply use our sock size conversion chart based on your shoe size to select the right fit for you.
To measure your foot for socks, measure the length from the heel of your foot to the tip of your longest toe. The measurement in inches correlates to your sock size. For example, if your foot is 10 inches long, a sock size 9-11 should fit you comfortably. At FITS®, you can skip this step and find your sock size based on your shoe size using our conversion chart.
The sock size conversion refers to sock size compared to shoe size. While all companies may vary slightly on which size socks to purchase based on your shoe size, you can always measure your foot to find the right fit for you.
Because sock sizes are determined by the length of your foot in inches vs. your shoe size, shoe and sock sizes differ. The FITS® sock size to shoe size conversion is as follows:
Knowing this makes it easy to choose the ideal sock size based on your shoe size without measuring your foot.
Sock sizes typically don’t correlate with age. For kids, age can be a general indicator of what size sock they’ll need, but everyone is different. An adult sock size 9-12 fits anyone whose feet are approximately nine to twelve inches long. For kids’ sock sizing, check with the company to find exact details to ensure your little one gets the perfect fit.
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