Happy Leap Day!

Happy Leap Day! 

Here’s a Leap Day Workout (Tabata Style) 
20 Seconds= Jumping Jacks 
10 Seconds Rest 
20 Seconds= Jumping Lunges 
10 Seconds Rest 

(8 cycles) 

20 Seconds= Frog Squats 
10 Seconds= Rest
20 Seconds= Jump Rope 
10 Seconds= Rest

(8 cycles) 

This workout will get your heart pumping and your legs moving. The benefits of jumping (in any form) are cardiovascular, aerobic, weight bearing (stronger bones) and even a sense of relaxation! I don’t think we “jump” enough…here’s the four exercises and their benefits.  Try this workout today and jump through today’s leap day! It’s only 8 minutes long (without your warm up and cool down!) 
Benefits of Jumping: 

Jumping Jacks 
Considered calisthenics, jumping jacks can burn up to 100 calories every 10 minutes! This is a great exercise for the heart as well as for interval training using both arms and legs to increase cardiovascular strength. 

Jump Rope
Jump rope uses your calf muscles. Stronger calf muscles= stronger legs= strong aerobic ability. (Enough said.)  

Frog Squats
Frog Squats are using your glutes to push you up and back. This exercise is great for cardiovascular strength as well as a great toning exercise on your quads and glutes. Blogger Note: Be careful with this exercise, always keep your back side (butt) down to help keep pressure off of your back. Remember form first! 

Jumping Lunges 
 Always fun ones…they are a killer exercise no matter how strong you are.  Jumping Lunges use your calf muscles and your quads AND your core to keep balance. Blogger Note: Be sure to keep your knee behind your toe when lunging.  

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