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How to Safely Add Jumping to Your Workout

By Genevieve Cunningham

Jumping is an incredible exercise. It requires you to engage the large muscle groups in the legs, burns your lungs with the exertion, and helps burn fat quickly. And it can be a lot of fun! But jumping can also be a bit dangerous, especially when done incorrectly. If you would like to take advantage of jumping in your workout, take a look at these tips for doing it safely and avoiding injury.

Buy Supportive Shoes

Dorothy knew. Cinderella knew. As it turns out, it really is all in the shoes. The shoes that you wear are definitely important for protecting your body while jumping. You’ll need shoes that are supportive and able to absorb the shock of landing. If you’re really new to fitness, you’ll also want shoes that provide support to the ankle. These kinds of shoes are fairly easy to find. Just check out your local athletic footwear store to find what you need so that you can get started right away.

Watch the Knees

One of the most injury-prone areas of the body (when it comes to jumping) is the knees. And since this area is also tough to heal, you'll need to be careful! If you land wrong, you will likely experience pain and possible lasting injury. Make sure that your knees are slightly bent every time you land. If they have a little give, it won't have quite the jarring sensation on your body, and you may be able to avoid stiffness and discomfort.

Take Breaks

Don't forget that one of the best things you can do in any workout is to take it slowly. Jumping is tough. If you only jump five times and then need a break, do it. Ease yourself into this aspect of working out instead of going full force. This might get your body a little more accustomed and protect you from pain long-term.

Jumping -- whether it's jumping jacks, jumping rope, or jump squats -- is a great way to get in shape. It's challenging and fun and can improve your health and body in multiple ways. Use these tips to protect your body from pain and injury while still enjoying the jump. With some diligence and practice, your workouts will be challenging yet safe for you to enjoy for years to come.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Marietta, Ga.

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