February 29 marks Leap Day, and makes 2012 a Leap Year: the event we celebrate every four years that adds an extra day to our standard calendar. Also see: Photos of leaps that express power, joy
While there’s no reason to wait until Leap Year to show off your leaping skills, the day can serve as a reminder that adding a few leaps to your exercise routine can increase your balance, speed, strength and agility. Plyometrics, explosive movements, are a critical part to athletic training. Leaping is also useful for improving your mood. Also see: Video of P90X plyometric moves
Most of all, leaping (jumping) is just plain fun. Watch kids play and chances are you’ll see them jumping, leaping, and leaving the ground in a variety of imaginative ways. Letting your body take flight adds oxygen and energy to your brain and mood.
This year try a Leap Year challenge and think of ways to add leaps into your life. Take to a trampoline, pull out your old jump rope, or just join in the spirit of the moment and take a leap of faith.
To make Leap Year 2012 more fun, document yourself leaping. Flickr is celebrating Leap Year with a FlickrLeap2012 big jump celebration and have put out the word: snap photos of yourself (your mom, uncle, friends, coworkers) jumping and post them to Flickr. Tag them “FlickrLeap2012”