Go To The Park – Get A Workout!

Did you like the exercise tips for the park that I gave you last week?
Want to add a couple more exercises to the list?

Don’t worry!  I am here for you.
Sherri week2 RotationPlank2 t600 300x200 Go To The Park   Get A Workout!Read my latest article in the Columbian “ Forget the Gym; Head to The Park For a Free, Beneficial Workout” to learn exactly how to do these exercises at the park:

Single Leg Squats
Pushups
Rotation Plank

Remember, the park really is a great place to get a workout!  Instead of just thinking of a park as a wonderful place for kids to play and to walk the dog, think of parks as fitness gyms minus the membership fee. There are so many things you can do at a park using nothing but your body weight or the bars in the kiddie section (just don’t hog the equipment from the kids).

Monkey bars become chin-up bars. Steps and benches are perfect for step-ups, pushups and dips. Kids “out of school” doesn’t need to mean “out of shape.”

Now get out there and give these exercises a try and let me know how you like them!

Yours in health and fitness,
Sherri McMillan

Want more ideas on how to stay fit this summer?  Check out these past blog posts.
Lose Weight and Lean Up for Summer
Change Your Program & Change Your Body

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Here For YOU Every Monday!

I know you are busy now that the kids are out of school and you have summer vacations planned, but don’t let that get in your way of maintaining your fitness this summer!

I am here for YOU!  Every Monday over the summer, I’m going to give you easy ways to stay in shape  at your local park, beach or summer cottage.

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If you’ve got kids, you can get them involved, or they can play while you become a good role model for a healthy lifestyle.

No excuses, gang!

Check out my latest article in the Columbian “You Can Maintain Fitness Over Summer” to learn how to do these exercises at the park:

Step Ups
Chin Ups
V-Sits

See you at the park!

Yours in health and fitness,
Sherri McMillan

Want more ideas on how to exercise with your kids?  Check out these past blog posts.
Find ways to exercise with your kids…using them as an excuse not to exercise is not an option!
How I instill a love for exercise and activity that will just become second-nature to my kids

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Is It Child Abuse?

In my last blog post I promised to give you my strong opinion on Type 2 diabetes in kids…and here it is!

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This is a disease that is nearly 100 percent preventable and reversible if the proper action is taken.

Read my article Is Type 2 Diabetes a Form of Child Abuse in the Columbian to learn more specifics and simple ways to make changes at home that can make a HUGE difference!

Yours in health and fitness,
Sherri McMillan

Want more motivation and ideas on how to keep your kids active?  Check out these past blog posts.
Find ways to exercise with your kids…using them as an excuse not to exercise is not an option!
How I instill a love for exercise and activity that will just become second-nature to my kids

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I Am On A Mission For Our Kids!

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Did you know that kids spend an average of 26 hours a week watching television and also spend 25-30 hours a week sitting behind a desk and that 40% of kids and teens are overweight enough to threaten their future health?

It is up to parents to plan ahead so that our kids stay active this summer!

Kids should exercise three times a week for at least 20 minutes with activities that require moderate to vigorous levels of exertion such as:

 

  • brisk walking
  • stair-climbing, racquet sports
  • jogging
  • dance
  • swimming laps
  • skating
  • cross-country skiing
  • cycling

Read more about the guidelines for kids and fitness set forth by the The American College of Sports Medicine in my article for the Columbian “Keep Your Kids Off The Couch This Summer“.

I’m on a mission to help improve the health and fitness of our kids.  Stay tuned next week for my strong opinion on the epidemic of Type 2 Diabetes in Kids.

Yours in health and fitness,
Sherri McMillan

Want more motivation and ideas on how to keep your kids active?  Check out these past blog posts.
Find ways to exercise with your kids…using them as an excuse not to exercise is not an option!
How I instill a love for exercise and activity that will just become second-nature to my kids

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Be Splash Ready

It is that time of year!  Water sports are waiting for you.  Be ready!

From water skiing to kayaking to wake boarding to wind surfing…..it is essential to have strong legs and core to be ready for your favorite water sports.

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Leg Squats
Endurance Squats
Medicine Ball Kayaking

See you out there!

Yours in health and fitness,
Sherri McMillan

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Get Your Spike On!

As many of you know…beach volleyball is my favorite sport. The sun, the sand and the intensity of the activity makes for an exhilarating sport.

As a volleyball athlete, you need jumping strength, upper-body power to spike and serve and agility to cover the court.

Try these exercises a few times per week, one to two months before you hit the court, and you’ll be amazed at how much your entire game improves.

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Tuck jumps
Crunches + overhead press + leg lift

For full exercise descriptions read my latest article “Get Ready To Play Beach Volleyball”

 

Looking for other exercise tips for your favorite summer activities?  Check out some of these past blog posts:
Exercises for Soccer Players
Exercises for Baseball Players 

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Conditioning For Running Faster

Do you have a goal to beat your personal best time on your 5k this summer?  I bet you have heard how important speed work is for increasing your overall time, but you need to work on your strength as well.  Performing the correct conditioning exercises for runners will give you speed, speed, speed!

It seems pretty simple: right leg, left leg … but if you want to run fast, you need to develop strength and power in your running muscles. Try the following exercises if your goal is to run faster. And don’t forget to stretch after your runs to minimize your risk for injury.

Read my latest article in the Columbian to learn how to perform the following exercises that really will get you conditioned to run faster!

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Runner’s lunges
Resisted lunge
Exercuff knee drives

 

 

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Exercises and stretches for Cyclists

Cycling recreationally or competitively requires a great deal of length, strength and endurance in the torso muscles to hold the body in a forward-flexed posture while riding. Here’s a few exercises to enhance cycling enjoyment and performance.

Stretch over the ball: Curl backward and move your feet out until you are lying comfortably over an exercise ball with your head, neck, shoulder and back comfortably supported and arched over the ball. Extend your arms out to the side. You should feel a great stretch in your chest, shoulders and back. This is a great stretch for cyclists. It places the body in a position that counteracts the strain on the back that is experienced from cycling in a flexed position for an extended time. Hold this stretch for a minimum of 30 seconds.

Click the link below for more stretches and exercises.

http://www.columbian.com/news/2012/may/14/stretching-torso-helps-cyclers/

Yours in health and fitness,

Sherri McMillan

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Exercises for soccer players

Soccer players are amazing athletes possessing exceptional speed, agility and kicking, jumping and throwing power. The following drills will enhance performance in all components of the game.  Click on the link below for photos and descriptions of all exercises.

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Exercises for baseball players

Baseball, a favorite American summer activity for kids and adults, requires speed, throwing power and batting strength. Click on the link below to learn exercises to enhance performance and minimize injury.

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Yours in health and fitness,

Sherri