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4 Jumping Moves That Get You in Great Shape

By Genevieve Cunningham

If you want a simple exercise that is both challenging and easy to complete, look no further than the classic move -- jumping. Jumping requires a burst of energy and the use of major muscle groups in the body. It will really get your lungs burning and your muscles fatigued. But what should you do? If you would like to use jumping in your workouts, take a look at these four moves that are completely worth the effort.

Jumping Jacks

Jumping jacks are a classic exercise. We usually learn this move as children, and we often forget about it over the years. But jumping jacks can be extremely effective. Just make sure that your legs stay long and lean, and that your arms reach high above your head. When done correctly, jumping jacks can help burn massive calories and improve your cardio to boot.

Jump Squats

Jump squats are incredibly tough. To do a jump squat you will perform a classic squat. When your knees are bent and you are in the seated position, you will explode upward into a jump. Then you will land with soft knees so as to avoid injury. Even those who do squats on a regular basis find jump squats to be fairly difficult. So take it slow, pay attention to form, and add more when your body is ready.

Vertical Jumps

Vertical jumps are easy to perform, but they still work the body and will definitely get you winded. To do a vertical jump, you'll stand with your feet shoulder-width apart. When you're ready, bend at the knees and jump straight up. Go as high as you can as many times as you can, and then rest. It may seem easy, but it's a great way to work the body when you have little time and space but still need something quick and effective.

Up and Overs

Up and overs are easier than they sound. To do an up and over, you'll put your feet together and bend slightly at the knees. When you're ready, you'll jump up and to the side as if you were jumping over a board or log. After landing, you'll prepare your body and jump the opposite direction. Go back and forth as if you were jumping this imaginary log, and take a break when you need it.

Jumping is really good for your body. It's an easy way to intensify your workout without buying equipment or demanding excessive time. Add these jumping moves to the mix, and enjoy the challenge for a better body and health.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Aliso Viejo, Calif.

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