Jumping jacks will get your heart pumping
Happy 2017! Out with the old and in with the new; that’s what they say, anyway.
Many resolutions focus on diet and exercise, and that is great, as long as you stick with it.
Our move today represents two things. The excitement of a new year, and getting that heart pumping quickly.
Today’s exercise is a jumping jack.
All you need for this move is yourself and a flat surface. Jumping jacks are designed to get your body warmed up and your blood flowing quickly.
To begin this move, start by standing tall, holding your chest up, arms by your side and feet flat on the ground. When executing into your jump, proceed to open the arms quickly overhead, and jump both feet outward, forming a large “X” with your body. As quickly as you jump out, return to your starting point. Keeping this move quick and strong, you will achieve your results and fatigue faster.
If you are new to fitness or simply getting back into the swing of things, you may want to modify this jump. You can simply keep the move smaller (a moderate jump), or keep it with no jumping at all by simply tapping your toes out to either side of your body. Then work your way up into a more intense move.
When performing this jumping jack move, shoot for a determined amount of time or number of jumps, or until you reach absolute fatigue.
This is a great move all by itself or even better to add with other multiple warmup moves. To either prepare you for a longer cardio session or as a warmup before weight training.
Regardless of whether you are going for cardio or simply jumping for joy for a new year, this move packs a punch, and simply makes you feel alive.
Jumping jacks are great by themselves or even better to add with other multiple warmup moves.