Try A Playout
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A playout is a unique (and entertaining) way to use the environment around you to meet your exercise goals. The purpose of a playout is to combine multiple movement patterns to overcome an obstacle, like a large hill, park bench, or playground slide. Playouts are fun because you decide what you make it — it’s more about exploration and improvisation than traditional workouts.
Put on some comfortable clothes and sneakers, grab a friend or family member, and head to a nearby:
- Park with benches, rocks, and/or fences
- Skate park
- Woods or hiking trail
Once there, pick an obstacle to focus on. One example is a park bench. Spend 5–10 minutes using it as your exercise prop by:
- Crawling over it or under it
- Jumping on and off
- Jumping over it (depending on its size)
- Balance-beam walking on it
- Simply going around it with a jog or run
Build upon these actions by creating movement combos. Do a balance-beam walk, followed by a jump off, then a jog around the bench. Time yourself and see if your accountability partner can beat your time.
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With a playout, your options are endless! Consider your own capabilities and fitness level, then make it what you want.
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