Jumping Jacks get your blood pumping and warm up and tone all the muscles in your body. They can be done as a warm-up exercise before other activities, or on their own. Jumping jacks are an aerobic exercise with benefits similar to jogging but you don’t have to go anywhere!
Easy office workout
Jumping jacks are a great option for a quick 3, 5, 10 or 15-minute office workout when you feel sleepy, anxious, or just need to re-set your energy. All you need is enough room to move your arms up and down at your sides.
Jumping Jacks were popularized by health and fitness pioneer Jack LaLanne (1914 -2011). They are named after the ancient children’s toy with the pull string. As a kid, Jack LaLanne was out of shape, had acne, and was angry. After hearing a talk about the importance of healthy eating and exercise, he stopped eating sugar and began working out. He went on to start one of the first health food stores and gyms and had the first fitness TV show. You can find his inspiring old shows on YouTube and on his website, www.jacklalanne.com.
How to do”¦
Stand tall with your legs straight and arms down. Bend your knees slightly and then jump and spread your legs apart while at the same time raising your arms straight up over your head. Bring legs and arms back down together. Repeat. It may take some practice if you haven’t done these in a while, but keep trying, you will get the hang of it. And you can even listen in on a conference call while you do them (but don’t forget the mute button).