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Head to the playground to get in shape

Monday - 4/16/2012, 1:58pm  ET

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No need for expensive gym memberships when there's a perfectly good neighborhood playground around. (WTOP)

WASHINGTON - It's not always necessary to join an expensive gym to get in a daily workout, says personal trainer Fairfax Hackley.

He suggests going back to your childhood to bring back some oldies but goodies to get your heart racing.

Below is a list of activities, games and exercises he suggests:

  • Climbing on the jungle gym
  • Going down the slides
  • Playing hide and seek
  • Jump rope
  • Hopscotch
  • Tag
  • Four Square
  • Play on the swing set
  • Play a rousing game of dodgeball
  • FLy a kite
  • Play Red Rover
  • Create your own obstacle course, with running, leaping, hopping and climbing
  • King of the Hill
  • Blow bubbles and then chase them
  • Throw the frisbee around

Feel free to get creative and tap into your inner child.

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