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July is Park & Recreation Month

Toni Ann DiSantis


Since 1985, America has celebrated July as the nation’s official Park & Recreation Month.Park & Recreation Month highlights the vital role local parks and recreation play in conservation, health & wellness, & social equity efforts in communities all across the country.

So this month, don’t let the sunshine go to waste! Try to think of some ways that you can use as an opportunity to get OUTSIDE, get INSPIRED, change your OUTLOOK  and get INVOLVED.   This means, encourage your friends, family & coworkers to do something outside everyday that you would normally do inside.  From picnicking in the park instead of sitting inside at a table, to taking a walk outside instead of on the treadmill.  There are small ways you can make going outside part of your daily routine.



Warm Up: Begin by warm up for 10-15 mins with a brisk walk or light jog to help increase your heart rate.

Park Bench Step Ups: Stand facing a park bench with feet a little less than shoulder-width apart.  Step up onto bench, using only one leg to balance at the top.  Slowly lower back down, alternate legs, and repeat.

Modified Push Ups: Pushups help improve muscular balance, which is important for building strength.  Try a modified version of pushups by placing hands on the seat of a park bench.

Squats: Stand with feet hip-width apart, toes pointed slightly outward.  Keeping back straight, lower until thighs are below parallel to ground and raise arms straight in front. Slowly return to start.

Park Bench Tricep Dips: Place palms on the edge of bench seat with fingers facing you.  Extend legs out with slight bend in the knees.  Slowly bend elbows to 90 degrees.  Return to start.


Repeat this circuit 3-5 times with minimal rest in between each circuit. If you are up for an additional challenge finish with 25 burpees.