Remember the good old days when exercise wasn’t exercise, it was recess? Instead of dreading being active, it was what we looked forward to! Those days don’t have to be over! Let’s return to the days of carefree play and get a good workout at the same time!
Here are some of our favorite childhood activities that will keep you burning calories well into adulthood!
HULA-HOOPING: Hooping (yep, that’s what we call it now) is not only fun but you can burn a whopping 300 calories in 30 minutes doing it!! Throw the hoop around your waist, rock your weight back and forth and watch the hoops spin! Once you get that down, try moving it to your neck or limbs and see what you can do! For added fun, throw on some beats and hula-dance!
JUMPING ROPE: A childhood favorite, jumping rope can burn 340 calories in 30 minutes!! Grab a jump rope that comes just to your armpits when you stand on the middle of it. Keep your feet slightly apart when you jump, and keep them low to the ground with each jump. Once you get the single down, try doing a double (the rope passes under your feet twice with each jump). If you have a couple friends handy, why not challenge them to a fun bout of Double Dutch!
You’ll need some buddies for this one! In a game of dodgeball, the goal is to hit members of the other team with the ball, while avoiding being hit yourself. An intense game of dodgeball could burn up to 150 calories in 25 minutes! There is even a co-ed dodgeball league right here in Coeur d’Alene! For more information visit http://www.cdaid.org/585/departments/recreation/dodgeball
HIT THE MONKEY BARS: A playground staple, the monkey bars are a fantastic way to work your forearms, biceps, shoulders and lats. Swinging around on the monkey bars for just 30 minutes could burn up to 250 calories!! Whether you’re swinging from bar to bar, practicing your single or double hand hang, or doing pull-ups, the monkey bars are sure to make you crack a smile and break a sweat!
As Peter Pan says, “If growing up means it would be beneath my dignity to climb a tree, I’ll never grow up, never grow up, never grow up! Not me!”