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Playground Workout (video post).

I cant lie to you, People, for some reason the word workout rings mildly depressing to this MizFit’s ears.

If Im lifting weights, doing yoga , running outside etc. & doing something I love I cant wrap my brain around using the word *work* anywhere in there.

If Im forcing my ass climbing on my stationary bike to do cardio for heart health then I surely dont want a reminder that it is, essentially, WORK.

When I skip formal exercise entirely to frolic with the Toddler Tornado the term work definitely does not apply.

As per here I like to think of my exercise experiences as PLAYouts.

Let’s get outside & celebrate spring.

Even if it isnt balmy where you live yet—it’s coming.


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95 Responses to “Playground Workout (video post).”

  1. Rupal says:

    jealousy…shorts…tank tops…texas weather….

    wiping tears and moving on…

    First of all, OMG how cute is toddler tornado trying to be like mommy!? CUTE CUTE CUTE!!

    Love the play ground ideas! time efficient, outdoor lovin’…I gotta get me some of that soon!

    Off to the park now…

  2. karen says:

    These are DEFINITELY going to come in handy! It’s starting to get nicer out here … a couple of days this past week we made it all the way to 60! I’m sure Johnny will love it if I come up with more excuses to take him to the bigger playgrounds rather than having him just play in his own backyard :)

  3. Berni says:

    Miz, I have to say you rock. My own Mama and I were discussing exercise the other day and she remarked that she’s never done regular exercise in all her 56 years. She now realises how important it is to model such healthy habits to children, and wishes she could have done that for my sister and I. You, lady, are The Fitnessmamarolemodel, you have a gorgeous toddler there by your side, and that little tornado is going to know where it’s at for sure.

  4. Lynnie says:

    You are too funny!
    Are you ever embarrassed? I love this idea but might need to go at night when no one else would witness my monkey bar pullups :)

  5. Lance says:

    Hi Miz,
    I love it! Working out in real life. And hey, check out your workout partner - she’s getting this stuff too - in a fun way!

    Me? I play “Lava Monster” on the playground. It’s more like interval training! And I usually lose (although that’s okay - then I can be the Lava Monster!!!) (or take a break and get a drink of water…and enjoy a bench!)

    And…I did me some pull ups yesterday (and it had been a while…) (a good soreness this morning…)

  6. Hannah says:

    Playouts :)

    You make me laugh and think DUH! why didn’t I think of that??

  7. Evan says:

    Are you offering to rent out the Toddler Tornado to those of us without kids?

  8. Crabby McSlacker says:

    I love that the Tornado totally demonstrates the “playout’ principle during the video! She’s all excited to be moving and climbing and running around.

    Makes me realize I gotta incorporate more of a spirit of “play” into my routines!

  9. Erica says:

    hahahahah- the tornado seems to have the routine down as well! How adorable! Great video and wonderful way to sneak in some exercise!!

  10. Bea says:

    I wish you lived in my neighborhood!

    I would totally join you two.

  11. Linda says:

    I would end up in the bark with wood chips in my whazoo. Tres cute avec la tornado.

  12. Carol says:

    What is your Toddler wearing in that video?
    An elephant mask?

    I should try doing piggyback rides with my son for exercise.
    He asks for them often enough.

    Have a good day, Miz.

  13. MizFit says:

    of course the plan was for the Toddler NOT to be in the video but since she assumed we were merely playout’ing I couldn’t keep her from joining in….

    Ren, err, Camera Man was laughing.


  14. Miguel de Luis says:

    Hi Miz

    You know what? I had recently done a post about making running fat, focusing more in fantasy. In any case, I just made a link to this one, because I just loved it.

    Question: aren’t playgrounds off-grounds for grown-ups where you live?

  15. Natalia Burleson says:

    Love this post! :) I’m off to my playout inside with adults at the gym, then I’m off to playout at the park! :) LOVE IT
    Work out = BLECH! Play out = FUN!!!!!!!!

    Tornado is a cutie patootie!

  16. the Bag Lady says:

    Great ‘playout’ video - love your co-star! Makes me wish I had a playground around here. (also makes me long for spring - there’s still 3 feet of snow on the ground. Sigh)

  17. VeggieGirl says:

    Fun workout scene!! Love Tornado :-D

  18. Shelley B says:

    Well that put a smile on my face first thing this morning! Love the tornado doing her thing!!!

    I like the idea of starting at the top and lowering yourself down to build the arm/back muscles. Which is what I’m really into lately - love the feeling of upper body strength!

  19. Ella says:

    You are such a great role for the Tornado.

    I hope to do same when I have kids.

  20. Kel says:

    Having spent a good deal of time at the playground when my kids were little, I did playout much more. Now that they are older, not so much. Another good reminder that you can find exercise “equipment” all over.

    My favorite part is definitely the end where your little cutie joins you! Too cute!

  21. ttfn300 says:

    aww, love how tornado wanted to imitate mommy :) so great!!

  22. Fab Kate says:

    It’s funny you should have posted this today. This weekend I found out that along the walking path in the foothills there are several parks. Well, I knew the parks were there, and that they had the swings, slides, and other things kids love… what I didn’t know was that they also have “fitness stations” at the edge of each park are two or three different fitness stations geared for older kids and adults. There are balance beams, pull up bars (in three heights) and parallel bars. At each section, there is signage to illustrate different exercises for each station, focusing on different parts of the body and on balance and coordination.

    How neat is that?!

  23. Cammy says:

    Lacking a toddler to haul around, I just make up my own games to play in the gym. When I need them, that is. Most of the time I’m so happy my body CAN work out now that the ‘work’ part of it feels more like a blessing. But then there are the other days. :)

  24. Stacy says:

    I’d never thought of the fact the word WORK is in there…

  25. Miz says:

    Miguel:I think they love I’m actually watching my toddler ;)
    Many of the moms sit & read & its typically their child who ends up injured.

    Fab Kate? That’s pretty cool.
    We don’t have anything like that around here!

  26. charlotte says:

    Any day that starts out with your adorable Tornado is going to be a good one! Oh, and I love the PLAYout too:)

  27. Dr. J says:

    Well, what the heck, no need to link a blocked URL, I’m off to play in my playground!

  28. Nina says:

    Your assistant is adorable.

    I am so missing the toddler years. Sigh.

  29. erin says:

    LOVE it! I was a little sad at the sight of your warm-weather clothing, since I ran outside this morning in 32 degree weather. Yuck!

  30. Jill says:

    This is great.

    LOVE the Toddler Tornado!!

  31. Aimee says:

    Cute video.
    I had no idea that would work the back muscles (the lowering down things)!!

  32. Diana says:

    LOL. Love that she just wants to do it too so badly! You are such a great role model for her!

    Those are what I am trying to do. Negatives until I can get to the pull up.

  33. kikimonster says:

    On the rail trail in my town, they built a playground that is specifically fitness oriented. It’s pretty cool, but at the same time pretty hard. When I go walking with my friends we like to stop and “play” for a little while.

  34. Leah J. Utas says:

    Love the playout idea. I’d rather play than exercise any day.

  35. Normal to Natalie says:

    i will be doing some of those exercises TODAY at the park. we are on our way! toddler tornado is too cute and i love that ALL kids model behavior…we just have to make it good. my daughter now stretches in the mornings because she has seen me doing it (usually because i wake up with that *good* sore!).

  36. Hannah says:

    I am finding myself loving the park workouts more and more as my kids get older. They join in, or laugh, or ignore me. In any case, I love that I can be right there with them and doing what I do and showing them that it is fun! Playing chase with them is sprinting for me, so it is all good.

    Now if only spring up here wasn’t such a fickle mistress. It snowed like 8 inches last night! Waahhh! I want to move back to TX right about now.

  37. VNR says:

    Somehow looks fun in the playground setting! :-D

  38. Meg says:

    Aw, now I wish there was a good playground near me…

  39. Elisa says:

    I might try this and I don’t even have kids yet.
    Is that weird? LOL

  40. BeckStein says:

    I like it! Play-outs…sounds a heck of a lot better than work-out… I’ll have to try it with all my playtime buddies. That didn’t sound right, but you get the idea.


  41. Sherre says:

    What fun seeing the TT copying mommy. Adorable. I’ve been stopping at my local park after walks and swinging. It’s fun (and impossible to do without smiling). And pumping my legs does appear to get my heart rate up somewhat. I ijust gnore people looking oddly at the middle-aged woman on the swings! :)

  42. MizFit says:

    of course we shall be at that same park (if any of you are my neighbors) this afternoon playing our little hearts out.

    Toddler saw the video and, well, the rest is NOW OUR AFTERNOON IS PLANNED history.

  43. Gigi says:

    I wish I had known a fun mom like you when my boy was a toddler. We could’ve had so much fun! Your Toddler Tornado is adorable.

  44. deb says:

    How cute is the Tornado? Loved that she came in and starting copying you. ah, but toddlers do that, don’t they?

    Makes me a little jealous, as when I go a park it’s a dog park. No fun human equipment to play on.

  45. FatFighterTV says:

    I want to PLAY-out with you guys! Thanks for the shout out. ;)

  46. the running yogini says:

    I love what you said about “WORK” out. To me its all play :-)

  47. Sagan says:

    Awww she’s going to grow up to be a little fitness maven!

    Is spring really coming? Really truly? I hope so. Can’t wait to bring out the bike and PLAY once the snow is gone.

  48. Sarah M. says:

    AWESOME!!! I may have to wait until Livy is a bit older, though, as she is currently becoming a bark chip connoisseur, complete with the swish and spit action. Spring is definitely here!

    Thanks for the great ideas!

  49. debby says:

    Whew! Your toddler really is a tornado! How great for a mom to be modeling the behavior that will set her child up for a lifetime of success-healthwise.

    And, whew, Texas is a BIG state. On the other side, my brother flew home Sunday after a blizzard with 3 foot drifts out in the panhandle!

  50. Joy says:

    Love it! My older two are getting to (or past) the age where the playground is still fun… for a few minutes. This playout may be just what I need to keep them from sitting on the slides and bars, talking about video games.

    We play a variation of freeze tag called zombie tag, where you become a slow moving zombie, and can redeem yourself by shambling into one of the live players. Holding arms out is mandatory, moaning “braaiinsss” is optional. Started as a way to keep older brothers playing tag with baby sister, became one of our favorite outdoor games.

  51. Melany says:

    Yep - I think it’s great! Modeling the behavior, having fun with your kids while also giving yourself a “playout”, and enjoying the outdoors. It’s all good stuff.

  52. MizFit says:

    oooh, Joy! you have given me a plan for the afternoon :)


  53. Tina says:

    My favorite video so far!! I’ve been trying to think of ways my husband and I can do some exercise together and that’s a great idea for when we walk the dogs to the park. As long as we don’t scare off the kids!:)

  54. tfh says:

    I love playground “work”outs, and if I’m not embarrassed and don’t feel creepy (even though I don’t even have any kids accompanying me to legitimize my presence!) no one should be…

    (OK, confession, I’m a little embarrassed, but it’s fun being outside on a beautiful day, and I have a playground essentially in my backyard, so it’s worth it.)

  55. Adrianna says:

    I’m so bummed we still have SNOW HERE!!!

  56. Pubsgal says:

    LOVED this video! More “playout” videos, please! :-D The Tornado is so cute!!!

    I love that it’s light outside when I get home from work and Things 1&2 and I can play outside for a bit. I’ll definitely be giving these moves a try.

  57. Quix says:

    That looks awesome! Yeah, I know what you mean by hating the word workouts. When I’m inside at the gym on the treadmill or doing weights, that’s a WORKOUT. When I go on a lovely long run outside or a big long bike ride or rock climbing - that’s fun with benefits!

  58. Maggie says:

    Great tips. I’ll make sure when attempting these “easy” moves, that no one is around, when I fall on butt. :)

  59. Camevil says:

    “PLAYouts. PLAYouts” This will be my mantra as I grunt and curse on the playground.

    This is the first video I’ve seen that offers advice on training for the pull ups. Usually, “they” just say to keep trying to do the pull-ups themselves and don’t offer much by way of other training exercise.

    So, this is uber cool!

    And the Tornado is a natural ham.

  60. tricia2 says:

    The Tornado is adorable.

    But I feel like I’d need a child to be at the playground. I’ll just stick to the Adult Playground: the gym.

  61. Jody - Fit at 51 says:

    Like the playout word! I, too encourage people to get out & play & if you are taking your kids to the playground, “play” with them. What a role model you become as well!

    I do that back exercise at the gym using the Smith machine. I also vary it by lifting up 1 foot at a time, switching legs & even harder, putting your feet up on a bench or swiss ball. This is a great exercise & I do both wide & narrow grip along with standard & reverse grip!!!

  62. MizFit says:

    thanks for the smith machine reminder, Jody!

    Perfect way to reproduce at gym!

  63. Mama Zen says:

    Tricep dips rule! I’m definitely going to try the negatives.

  64. Annette says:

    love the video and exercise ideas today :) And……awww……..your little tornado is soooo cute!!!! Doesn’t get better than that for a workout buddy, mama!!!

  65. Kelley Burrus says:

    love, love, love the playground helper!

  66. Mary Meps says:

    No tanks or short here yet …. will be a few months yet. So, I hope. I don’t care for heat much.

    I try to think of exercise as fun, too. Some routines make that easier than others. I try for a balance - stuff I should do and stuff that’s fun.

  67. Jody - Fit at 51 says:

    Hey MizFit, I love that you respond to people even wiht all the comments you get!!!

    While you are at the Smith machine, use the bench there & put your feet on the bar (locked of course) & your hands on the bench that is always there & do tricep dips there! You probably already do this! If I do thse at the beginning of my routine, I put a weight plate on my legs or do the 1 leg up thing!

    Your kid is so cute!!!!! And taking after you.. you are a great role model!

  68. Marelisa says:

    Hi MizFit: I agree that calling it a workout takes a lot of the joy out of it. When I jog at the gym I feel like I’m building strength and endurance and releasing stress, I don’t think of it as a workout.

  69. Evie says:

    Great reminder that working out doesn’t need to be so so serious.
    I can get bogged down in my weight loss efforts.

    Thanks Miz and Toddler!!

  70. Spring Girl says:

    I love the word ‘playout’! That is so joining my vocabulary! And now I know how to work up to doing pull ups - awesome. Thanks Miz and Toddler Tornado who is soooo gorgeous :-)

  71. Manic Mom says:

    Hey!!! Guess what? My playground has a couch. HA HA

  72. nolafwug says:

    I’ve been doing this with my own Tornado since Spring has sprung (so, a good week or two): Bring a bag of goodies to the playground - soccer ball, basketball, bat and ball, bubbles, etc. Then we just do whatever interests us. I love basketball and our playground has a lovely indoor court where your shoes squeak and everything. Very fab. Soccer rules too.

    On the playground itself I’ve been doing sets of chin-ups and pull-ups on high bars with one foot assisting on a step, trying to build up to real ones one fine day. Dips, pushups. At first I felt a bit foolish but the more you do it, the more normal it feels. Heck, who doesn’t want to be fit? What’s wrong with being sporty? And having fun with your kid at the same time? Multitasking, people!

  73. MizFit says:

    oh oh oh NOLAFWUG I need you as my neighbor!

    Today at the park we playedOUT but then this mother of the year realized she forgot anything cool to use in the sand box and Toddler ended up playing in there with a plastic spoon.

  74. JavaChick says:

    Adorable workout - excuse me - playout partner you have there. :)

  75. Greg says:

    You’re right on target, of course. If you enjoy what you’re doing, you’re far more likely to continue and even relish the opportunity. And there’s nothing like playing with your kids.

  76. Beer Lover says:

    I will surely try this one later.

  77. Vered - MomGrind says:

    I love your playground workouts.

    The hardest thing for me to do in the playground: the monkey bars! It’s torture! And the kids make it look so effortless.

  78. Wine Lover says:

    I did enjoy watching the video. Cool and great!

  79. Look Younger says:

    You just made me realize that I can actually do this thing on the playground :)

  80. FLG says:

    Haha, that is a fantastic video :D And a great term, “Playout”. Sometimes I do think of it as training for playing, though.

  81. Jennifer says:

    What a great idea!!

    I got an elliptical machine from a friend of mine at work who never used hers. I brought it home, did my work out every day this weekend, and my kids were fighting over who’s turn it was next. I have 3 kids, 13, 10 and 7 and pretty much they loved the thing!

    I wanted to stop after 5 minutes, but seeing how excited they were made me do the whole 30 minutes. I think when kids see parents exercise then they know the importance of it. My parents were both couch potatoes growing up, not overweight, but not active and I totally want to change that for my kids!
    Thanks for the great ideas!!

  82. MamaBearJune says:

    Awesome post! We have to wait for the snow to melt before we can frolic outside. It’s forecast for all week here. ;-)

  83. Kara from MamaSweat says:

    LOVE this. I need. TT ADORABLE.

  84. Dara Chadwick says:

    Adorable! See? T.T. is already following mama’s healthy example.

    Love it!

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