Hellane Park Challenges

Dynamic Warm-Up

The Challenge
Warm-up before you walk or jog!  This challenge will enhance your walking or running programs.  Dynamic means movement is involved versus static stretching.  Do leg lunges and body weight squats with the help of a picnic table (or park bench), working all major muscle groups in your body and stretching your hips.  These warm-up moves focus on problem areas for walkers and runners to stretch your body before your exercise routine.  Overall helping your performance and reducing injury! 


Park Bench Workout

The Challenge
Turn an ordinary park bench into a total body workout!  Work major muscle groups including your core.  You can make it as challenging as you like – beginners to move advanced.  Exercise moves include bench push-ups for upper body, bench planks to work your core, and leg squats to work your lower body and help with balance. 

Why
You can turn your next visit to the park to a workout!  While the kids play on the playground, burn calories and get a great workout!   


Swing Away

The Challenge
Turn an ordinary swing set into a total body workout and burn calories!  Work every major muscle group and your core! Use the swing set like a TRX Suspension Trainer, that means every exercise you do with the swing works your use your core and stabilizing techniques.  All fitness levels can participate!  Use the swing to do push-ups, tricep extensions, bicep curls, core roll-outs, leg squats, and reverse lunges. 

Swinging on a swing is great fun and a way to burn 200 calories for every hour spent enjoying yourself. We are never too old for a good old fashion swing!

Why
You can turn your next visit to the park to a workout!  While the kids play on the playground, burn calories and get a great workout!   


Walk It Off

The Challenge
Walk/jog/run around the walking trial at Hellane Park!  Challenge yourself to walking the trail 3 times to complete a mile.

Why
Frequently recognized as Hagerstown's West End Little League Park, Hellane Park is the spot where hundreds of youth each year become active participants and players of America's national pastime- baseball. 


Catch Some Air

The Challenge
Take advantage of the green space at Hellane Park – bring a Frisbee and toss it around! 

Why Play
Frisbee is a simple but effective way of getting you moving, strengthening muscles and using up energy. Throwing the frisbee reinforces arms, back and abs. All of the movement involved can burn up to 400 cal/hour!

Make it more challenging
Grab some friends and make it a game of Ultimate Frisbee!  Split players into two teams of seven. Like soccer, the aim is try to get the Frisbee into the goal. Toss the disc to a teammate to move it up the field but you must stop once you catch the disc. Find the full set of rules at: http://www.kids-sports-activities.com/ultimate-frisbee-rules.html


Shoot Some Hoops

The Challenge
Play a game of H.O.R.S.E. on the basketball court. Shoot some hoops, and show off your best trick shots!

Why Play
Basketball can help build your concentration and self-discipline. It is also great for building bone strength, and creating better motor skills and coordination.

How to play
http://recservices.k-state.edu/intramurals/rulebooks_handbooks/HORSE%20Shootout%20RB.pdf


Learn It All

The Challenge (Kids Challenges!)
Take your kids to the Born Learning Trail.  The Trail was developed by The United Way to help parents, caregivers and communities support early learning. The Trail is a community change strategy, helping boost children's language and literacy skills – and encouraging families to get active!

What is the Learning Trail
The Trail is a series of interactive signs that offer fun, active learning activities for young children and their families. It helps parents, caregivers and communities create quality engagement opportunities when out on a stroll or visiting a local playground.


Have a great idea for a new challenge? Email it to okimberlin@hagerstownmd.org!