Ready, Set, Go!


I found these pictures from this past summer and had to laugh. How hard it was to get the timing right. My husband and sons could not get themselves in sync.  But it was a fun effort nonetheless.  🙂

It’s a start of a new week. Monday. I’m already thinking of the roadblocks, hurdles, and massive puddles I need to get over (although if you’re my daughter, a puddle is a thing to go through not around).

But there is something inherently joyful about jumping, you think? It makes you feel like you’re eight again. There’s also something about that space, for that split second, where your feet hang mid air … that feels exactly like freedom.

Sometimes the only transportation available is a leap of faith.  ~ Margaret Shepard

So here’s some visual motivation.

Ready …

set

Set …

ready

Go!

go

Not quite. My little guy on the left is flying like Superman though. Two out of three. Not bad.

How about another try?

jumping for joy

Not quite again. Nice jump though, daddy!

And now  “Superman”  has moved on and found a sand crab.

So two out of two?  Ready?

jumping2

That’s it, and strike a pose while you’re at it!  🙂

I’m not sure when I last jumped all out for joy like this.  It’s been a while. Truthfully, I’m worried I’ll do something terrible to my back and exhaust myself unnecessarily.

But jumping is a really good thing, I’ve decided. And maybe I should get back to this?

(I know for some of you, doing this would land you on the couch for weeks, months …  destroy your knees … but in these cases, I am hoping something happy comes your way to make your heart jump (or flutter) for joy. Even that’s worth something.)

And for those who can jump but don’t always remember to…  did you know? Jumping for joy is actually good exercise? I have a little inexpensive mini trampoline that I try to use regularly. Try is the operative word here!  But consider what jumping does:

• Circulates oxygen to your tissues
• Helps lymphatic flow (crucial for detox and pain)
• Stimulates the metabolism
• Promotes muscle tone
• Increases the production of red blood cells
• Improves mood (and may combat depression and anxiety by increasing serotonin)
• Improves digestion and elimination processes (who doesn’t need this?)

Rebounding (lightly and gently even — no need to go crazy and break a limb) for just 10 minutes a day can make a difference, they say, to strengthen bones and overall health.

Just a little something good for your body and soul.  🙂

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13 thoughts on “Ready, Set, Go!

  1. Kim, this is awesome! I didn’t know all the health benefits of jumping, but you are right it does seem that jumping is good for the soul and body! My boy is just learning how to jump and it is adorable. As a result, we have been jumping a lot more often than usual. I can agree that it definitely gets my heart pumping! Loved this fun post! 🙂

    1. I remember when my kids first learned to jump! At first it’s just an inch off the ground … but they are proud! 🙂 You can join your boy in all the jumping, Marla …I’m sure he’ll love that! Thank you for your comment!

  2. Hi Kim,
    This is just want I need, besides calcium and Vitamin D, need that jumping to make things better. Love reading all your blogs.
    Auntie Gayle

    1. Love that you commented Auntie Gayle! 🙂 I do hope you get some jumping in — gentle and easy on my mini trampoline is what I do. Kids love it too. Thank you so much for reading this blog!

  3. I love this. While jumping on I can’t physically jump on the trampoline, I can remember that joyful feeling. I’ve found it’s so important to find joy and refreshment in the everyday moments – like you said, the heart needs joyful flutters! Thanks for this post 🙂

    1. Kami, you are so right! The heart needs joy flutters too. I pray you are doing okay. I miss hearing from you on your wonderful blog. 🙂 I am so sorry for this late reply!

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