3 major health benefits of jumping jacks and how to do them properly

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While you may not have thought about jumping jacks since grade school, the health benefits of this simple move continue well into adulthood. "Jumping jacks have a wealth of benefits like mobility, increased blood flow, training in the frontal plane, and overall joint motion," says Jonathan Mike, a strength and conditioning coach and professor of exercise science and sports performance at Grand Canyon University in Arizona.
Aleksander Georgiev/Getty Images Jumping jacks are an easy way to get your heart pumping and improve blood flow.

Jumping jacks are a full body workout that can target major muscle groups, strengthen bones, and improve cardiovascular fitness and heart health.

It's important to do jumping jacks with proper form in order to gain these health benefits.

This article was medically reviewed by Joey Thurman, CSCS, CPT, FNS, a Chicago-based fitness expert and MYX Fitness coach.

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Read on to learn more about the benefits of jumping jacks and how you can incorporate them into your fitness routine.

Jumping jacks are a full body workout

Jumping jacks are a type of total body exercise that you can do anywhere, with no equipment.

More specifically, jumping jacks are a plyometric exercise. Plyometrics are explosive aerobic moves that increase speed, quickness, and power — and they work your whole body.

Most plyometric exercises include jumping, so your muscles exert the most effort and force in short bursts of time. Other plyometric exercises include:

Burpees

Box jumps

Squat jumps

Jumping jacks are beneficial to your health because they combine cardiovascular conditioning with strength work. As you jump, you're working against gravity and using your body weight for resistance, which can improve strength. Plus, the constant repetition of the move gets your heart rate up and improves cardiovascular fitness.

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