Play ball! Baseball season started April 2, and nothing says summer like an afternoon at the diamond with hot dogs, nachos, and cool, frothy libations. More often than not, however, we’ll find ourselves enjoying the game in front of the TV at home – and while it’s a great way to bond with family and friends, it also means three-plus hours of being sedentary, coupled with overindulgence in unhealthy snacks and calorie-dense beverages. Unfortunately, as you watch your favorite players running the bases, you’re simultaneously packing on the pounds.
We have a solution – a plan that will allow you to take in America’s Favorite Pastime all season, stay in shape, and have a great time in the process. Simply assign some simple exercises to each occurrence in the game – push-ups, crunches, burpees, planks, jumping jacks, and running in place work well because they can be done in compact spaces. Here are some ideas to get you started, but be creative and adjust to suit your own preferences:
- Single: 3 push-ups
- Double: 10 crunches
- Triple: 5 burpees
- Home Run: 30 second plank
- Grand Slam: 1 minute plank
- Strike Out: 15 jumping jacks
- Diving/Leaping Catch: 5 push-ups
- Steal: 3 burpees
- Walk: 10 crunches
- Broken Bat: 10 jumping jacks
- Every Inning: do push-ups to correspond with inning number
- 7th Inning Stretch: run in place
The important thing is to have fun with it! Get everyone involved in creating a poster to display prominently at game time. If you’re a house divided, it can be highly entertaining to designate exercises for the opposing team – for example, every time your team scores, your husband has to do the push-ups. This is one activity where fitness rules, and everyone wins!
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