Spring is definitely in the air. The roses in my backyard are blooming beautifully. Aside from occasional Spring showers, the sun is out most days and the playground is calling.
My 4 year old still asks me to push him on the swing even though he’s starting to use his legs more. While I enjoy this activity, standing there pushing him can get a little monotonous. So, I decided to work in some lower body moves.
How about some swinging squats? I wanted to do something that kept my hands free and can synchronize with the swing's motion. Squats are a great way to incorporate movement using hamstrings, gluteus maximus and quadriceps. To get the most out of this movement, recruit abdominal muscles and back extensors to keep a neutral spine.
Match your rhythm to the swing. Share what you’re doing with your child and maybe he/she will be interested to try some squats with you once they get off the swing … make sure to do them away from the swing if your child is doing these with you – safety first!
Stayed tune for follow-up posts with single leg work with the swing.