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WOW –Workout of the Week: Squat Jumps

This week’s workout is Squat Jumps. Squat Jumps are a great exercise for strengthening your quads, backside, calves, and hamstrings.  Here’s how to do them:

  • Begin by standing up straight, spreading your feet shoulder width apart.
  • Next, assume the squat position by slowly bending your knees to a 90 degree angle, keeping your back as straight as possible. This is your starting position. To ensure proper form, look straight forward—this will keep you from arching your back or bending over.
  • After you are in the squat position, jump straight up, extending your arms in the air, reaching as high as you can.
  • Finally, reassume the squat position. Congratulations…you just completed one squat jump!

Try doing 2-3 sets of 15-20 squat jumps. For added difficulty, hold light weights in your hands.

We hope you’ll try Squat Jumps over the weekend and then build this exercise into your daily routine Monday through Friday of the coming week.  To challenge yourself, add 5-10 squat jumps to your sets each day!

Want more fitness ideas?  If you’re a Health Advocate member with access to the Wellness Coaching program, reach out to your Wellness Coach for more healthy ideas to get—and stay—fit. And remember, talk to your doctor before beginning any new fitness regimen.