Exercising in Nomahegan Park Cranford, NJ

Nomahegan Park is located on Springfield Avenue in Cranford New Jersey across the street from Union County College.  As a New Jersey Personal Trainer who lives in Cranford, NJ clients often ask me what exercises they can do in the park. I thought I would share some of those exercises with you here today.

This park has a 2-mile loop that is great for people who like to bike ride, walk, jog or run. I tell my clients to remember where they started so that they can measure if they completed the entire 2 miles.  If you are new to exercising you can always take a walk, run, or jug around the lake, which is a shorter distance until, you build yourself up to the 2-mile loop.  Across the street on the Kenilworth Boulevard side of the park there is a smaller walking path that you can also take advantage of.

Other exercises you can do in the park are step-ups on a park bench. This exercise is performed by standing in front of the park bench and stepping up with your right foot and then placing your left foot on the bench, then step down (backwards) with your right foot and place your left foot down on the ground, next step up with your left foot and place your right foot on the park bench and then step down with your left foot and place your right foot on the ground. Repeat this 10 times and do 3 sets this will give you a total of 30 repetitions. This exercise works your hamstrings, quads and buttocks.

Another exercise you can do on a park bench is called tricep dips. This exercise is performed by positioning your hands shoulder width apart on the park bench, move your buttocks in front of the park bench with your legs bent and your feet placed about hip width apart on the ground, straighten your warms and keep your elbows slightly bent this keeps tension on your triceps and off of your elbow joints. Now slowly bend your elbows and lower your upper body towards the ground until your arms are at a 90-degree angle. Be sure to keep your back close to the park bench. Do not touch the ground.  Come about an inch away and them slowly press off your hand and push yourself straight back up to the starting position.  (Train Your Body Fitness Tip – Do not allow your neck to sink and your ears to fall close to your shoulders.  If you straighten your legs, as you get stronger this will make the exercise harder. Once you have master this you can add weights to your legs.)This exercise works your triceps.

The last exercise I will share here today is the park bench push up. Start by finding a park bench. Place your hands on the seat part of the bench approximately one foot apart from each other. Make sure your shoulders are directly over your hands.  Step your feet back so that you are in a straight line from your feet to your hands. Look down at the space between your hands. Bend your elbows lowering your body at an angel towards the park bench and the ground. Once your elbows are bent at a 90-degree angle exhale and use the muscles in your chest and arms to push yourself back up to the starting position. Repeat this 10 times and do 3 sets this will give you a total of 30 repetitions.

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