One of the first exercises that I learned in elementary school was jumping jacks. Sometimes people call it a star jump or a side straddle hop. I used to watch the show called Wonderama back in the 1970s and the host used to make us get up off the couch and do jumping jacks. I thought it was a little strange at first but I liked it a lot over time. It was a great warm up exercise that was fun and easy to do. It almost felt like I was dancing when I was a kid.
They are easy and fun to do.
There really is no wrong way to do jumping jacks. Even when people are off beat or off tempo, they still can get away with doing their jumping jacks because its all about the clapping over head movement that counts. I love to see toddlers do their jumping jacks as they show how flexible they are as slap their hands over their heads while being totally offbeat. They are fun to do with a partner as you can face each other and count out the reps in unison. This is getting the best of your workout.
How to do a jumping jack.
A jumping jack is physical jumping exercise is that performed by jumping to a position with the legs spread wide open and the hands going overhead, sometimes in a clap and then returning to a position with the feet together and the arms at the sides. Here is how to do a perfect jumping jack:
1. Stand up straight with your arms at your side.
2.Jump up as you spread your feet wider than your hips and bring your arms overhead, so clap your hands almost clap together.
2.Jump again to bring your feet back together and lower your arms.
What is a jumping jack?
The benefits of jumping jacks is that it is an exercise that works your heart, lungs and muscles all at the same time. They also involve your abdominal muscles and shoulder muscles as well. Most people can safely do jumping jacks including children, adolescents and older athletes. If you do have health concerns then you should check with your doctor first. Jumping jacks work the whole body and are great when you are pressed for time and need to get in a quick workout for the day.
Jumping jacks are also a good cardio workout.
Doing these exercises is a great way to keep the heart rate up and increase the metabolic demand of a training session. Be prepared to bring a sweat towel and bottle water as they are a full body work out that combines aerobic exercise with resistance training.
They can be done anywhere.
You dont need a gym or a big space to do jumping jacks. They look like the official warm up exercise for most joggers and runners at the park so you will fit right in. The best place to them is front of a mirror. This way you can focus on correct form. The better the form the more important you look with jumping jacks.
They also strengthen your bones.
Jumping jacks are considered to be a high impact that can add up to stronger bones in the lower body. “Every jump and land places a magnitude of our own body weight through the foot, ankle, knee, hip and spine.” The up and down movement will not only strengthen your legs but your upper body as well.
It is a great warm up exercise before your shoulder work outs.
The movement of your arms during a jumping jack provides a great stretch for your shoulders. Your shoulders can be injured very easily and no one wants to get surgery due to working out too hard so warming them up is a great idea. This is another reason why jumping jacks is used for warm-ups for other exercises.
They are great for motivation.
Jumping jacks are great way to get the work out going. They are a great motivator and put you right in the mood for a workout. Even as a Little League coach, the first thing I would do was make the kids do jumping jacks just to wake them up and get them in the mood. They can be done in your bedroom or at the park. They won’t cost you anything but hard-earned sweat.