i was at my regular saturday morning yoga class and the teacher taught us a short ashtanga (http://www.yogajournal.com/basics/1366) sequence that involved jumping. one of the women said something like, “kids do it all the time, but how often do adults get to jump in real life? never!”. i was thinking, “i do! i was jumping just the other day!” i had, in fact, just been jumping two days prior. i was sitting in my cubicle at work and suddenly realized i had been sitting for a couple of hours straight and needed to get up and move…i have a programmed alert in my outlook calendar that pops up every hour, prompting me to “GET UP!!”, but i must have inadvertently clicked on ‘dismiss’ instead of ‘snooze’ earlier in the day. so i stood up, and surprised my fellow cube mates (not to mention myself) by starting to jump up and down. i don’t know where it came from, but it was like the jumping just spontaneously sprang forth from my body, without my prior knowledge or consent. once i started, though, i realized that it felt good and i continued for several more seconds before self-consciousness gained the upper hand and i stopped.
reasons to jump:
1. it’s fun!
2. if you own a trampoline, you can get your money’s worth!
3. if you have a jump rope (come to think of it, i do), you can get your money’s worth!
4. it’s good cardio!
actually, speaking of cardio, money can be raised by jumping. my daughter recently participated in a jump-a-thon (for the american heart association) at her school and raised $55.
how long has it been since you jumped up and down just for the fun of it? 🙂