Q: What kind of running shoes are made from banana skins?
If the thought of jogging makes you groan louder than you did after reading the punchline above, we’ve got some good news: Many simple jumping exercises deliver all the benefits of running, such as preventing heart disease, diabetes and improving our immune systems. The move listed below can be done in your living room, in your backyard, or at a local park.
Try it out every other day for a few minutes, you’ll see your fitness and strength improve surprisingly quickly. No running shoes required!
Regular squats work many of the muscles in your lower body, and building in a leap only adds to the leg-building benefits. Start with a set of 10 and see how high you can jump. If you have Van Halen’s “Jump” in your music collection, crank it!
Easy 3-step method:
- Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart.
- Slowly lower your body until your knees are at 90 degrees. Hold for 10 seconds.
- Quickly return to standing position and use your upward momentum to jump into the air! When you land, use your downward momentum to return to the bent-knees squat position.
These exercises can help you stay slim and trim. Just look at Jamie, he dropped 30 pounds by making small changes to his life.
Is there an alternative to running you’d like to share? Go for it in the comments below!
Adam Bisby is a Toronto-based freelance journalist and father of two. His award-winning stories have appeared in The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star and National Post newspapers, in magazines like Explore, Reader’s Digest, International Traveller and Canadian Family, and on websites including MSN, MSN Canada, and DontChangeMuch.ca. Visit Adam’s website for more details on his award winning work.