Something You Can Do Daily (and Quickly)
At school we used to do star jumps as part of our sports training but I recall few other exercises from those days that involved leaving the ground.
I don’t think I’ve done a star jump for over 50 years.
Last week I received an email containing a gift.
The email came from Jim Humble, Founder of MMS (originally Miracle Mineral Supplement now changed to Master Mineral Solution).
The gift is for people of all ages and is something that Jim has been doing himself since he was in the US Marine Corps.
I now do this exercise myself, every day, because of the bone-strengthening benefits and because it takes up so little time.
Yours to try
Here it is……
LONGEVITY – A HEALTH PRACTICE TO HELP YOU LIVE LONG
I want to share with you a health practice that might very well save your life. I’d say that it has saved my life more than once. I hope you will consider it.
I am offering a mini course in how to do it (below) and it’s free—my New Year’s gift to you.
I’m 87 years old and have practiced this for many years, and I can say that I believe this practice could do the same for you that it has for me, that is, save your life, or save you from harm, sometime in the future.
Let me explain:
When I was a young fellow, 17 years old, the USMC, (that’s the US Marine Corps) had an “early in” program where young guys could join the reserves and train on weekends and holidays.
So I joined and started training on weekends, and guess what? The Korean War broke out and all of us young guys were called to active duty. In no time I was off to boot camp and then to advanced training at Camp Pendleton, in California.
That is where I learned something that has since saved my life more than once, and it is something that most everyone seems to have forgotten.
I trained in a group where we learned to crawl through the jungle and grass and trees silently. We learned how to shoot the M1 rifle, M1 carbine (smaller rifle), machine guns, throwing grenades and dozens of other things.
But the important thing I learned was about parachuting. You see, back then paratroopers used the old type of parachutes. They came down fast, and depended on drag to slow a descent not like many present day parachutes.
If a person was not strong enough, he could break a leg when he hit the ground or any number of other bones. The Marine Corps and the Army could not afford to have troupes in battle with broken bones.
So the Marines and soldiers who were paratroopers practiced jumping every day. They jumped lower heights at first and then higher and higher until they were jumping from the top of a six foot platform.
Once in a while someone broke a leg because their bones simply didn’t take it.
Well I watched the paratroopers train, and although I wasn’t in that group, I kept in mind that people could actually jump from about six feet and not get hurt. When I left the Marine Corps I began my own training so far as jumping was concerned. I never jumped six feet but I did jump from a height of 20 inches four times every day.
That’s all, just four jumps a day for 70 years.
This doesn’t take much time, just a couple of minutes.
(Important: Please do not try jumping from a 20 inch height without reading and following the instructions given below.)
In addition to jumping, which provided a measure of strength training for me, especially for my bones, I often walked in the mountains and in the desert. Because I wasn’t worried about falling, I often fell short distances like down a small cliff or down some steps or a couple of falls on my motorcycle.
In seventy years I averaged a significant fall at least once every two years. Then one time I fell off of a roof 12 foot high straight down and landed directly on my head. That one got me and sad to say it broke my neck, but it healed up without a problem.
Then when I was 80 years old I fell from the very top of a six foot ladder landing on my shoulder on a hard cement surface and that was a bad fall. But as a result, I had a pain in my shoulder for only three days and that was the extent of it—nothing was broken.
I attribute living through all these falls to the fact that I jump from a 20 inch height four times every day, landing on cement or a hard surface and that keeps my bones and my joints strong. My health is good.
The point in all of this is, your body needs the daily jump to keep your bones in good condition. This daily jolt is something that few, if any, present exercise programs promote. The small trampolines are very good for what they do and they provide good exercise and do help the bones to some extent, and they especially help the cells of your body, but they offer no hard jolt for the body.
The human body needs a certain amount of jolt on a hard surface like concrete to strengthen the bones and joints. The Marine Corps proved this to me. The bones and joints are strengthened and become up to ten times stronger than when no jumping is used.
Important: Now that you know about the four jumps a day at 20 inches, absolutely do not go out and begin jumping from a 20 inch height. Work up to the 20 inch jumps over six months to one year.
There is no rush, unless you are training for combat. Your body will adjust to what you are doing, but give it time. The older you are the more time you should take working up to the 20 inch jumps.
Take my word for it, 20 inch jumps may be scary in the beginning. You have to work up to this height—and for some, maybe this is too high and you can stay at a bit lower height. Listen to your body.
Again, I am 87 years old and I do the 20 inch jumps every day, but I have been doing the jumps for years. If you are my age you should take at least a year to slowly work up to 20 inch jumps at four jumps a day.
Taking longer than a year would be good especially if you are in poor health or overweight.
To work up to it a little faster you could do 10 jumps a day, but I would not suggest any more than 10 jumps a day even for young guys or young women.
HOW TO GET STARTED ON A JUMPING PROGRAM
1. If you are not in good shape begin jumping from a 1 inch height. This is a little jump but you need to start low if you are overweight and/or if you have a debilitating health condition. You can step down 1 inch easily, but that is not what you want. You want to jump with both feet and land flat footed. Jump down 1 inch four times a day.
Do these four jumps in succession, in other words, one right after the other. This shouldn’t take more than a minute, but if you need a little rest between jumps, do not allow more than 1 minute between each jump. To jump just 1 inch you might have to rig something up to make this height, for example, find a board that is 1 inch thick to jump off of—be creative. If you are a bit athletic already and not overweight, you might be able to start right in with the next step. It goes without saying, for all of these exercises one should always wear the proper footwear with the proper support when jumping.
2. Then after two weeks to a month, go to 2 inch jumps the same way, four times a day and one minute between each jump. Then 3 inch jumps and then to the 4 inch jumps with at least two weeks between each new progression to the next jumping level.
So you are going to take at least two weeks between each increase in the inches you are jumping, but you can take longer if you feel you need to. Listen to your body; go at your own pace. You can decide how you feel and whether or not you should increase your jumping height—or stay lower for a time longer.
The goal is to gradually increase until you reach 8 inch jumps as mentioned below, but again, do this at your own pace and according to what you feel your body can take.
3. After you have built up your stamina a bit for jumping, as suggested above. Try jumping from an 8 inch height. I suggest jumping from the first step on most standard stairs. Stairs are various heights, but roughly about 8 inches, the goal here is to jump from an approximate 8 inch height.
I suggest using the bottom step on some stairs, as stairs are relatively common. But the idea is to find this height, look around and see what is available to you. Be sure to look for something that is safe to jump from, something sturdy and secure. If you are just starting out or even as a routine you might want to look for something with a railing you can hold on to, or be prepared to grab on to, if needed.
Think safety while doing this. Don’t be in a rush. In fact, if jumping off of the single step tends to make you feel unsure or even scares you, definitely do it where you can hold on to a railing or wall. Don’t take chances, however remember, this particular exercise can be your most important exercise.
So move on to an 8 inch jump, whether it’s the bottom step of stairs or something else, and only move on to this height if you are in the right shape to do so, if you have worked up to it properly and so on. Jump from this height four times a day in succession, but with no more than one minute between each jump. Keep it up at this height for at least a month. Note, that the duration time that you stick to each height for jumping can only be determined by you. Follow what your body is indicating is right for you.
4. Next, when you feel ready, increase the height of your jump to 12 inches. Again, look around you and see what is available that is about this height—about a 4 inch increase from the last height.
It could be a high step, or high curb of some sort, see what is around you, but again, make sure it’ safe to jump from, or has an alternative to hold on to something while jumping if needed. Continue at this height—about 12 inches, or one foot, for another month.
Do not attempt this step if you are a great deal overweight, or have a health condition that deems you not fit enough to jump from this height. Keep doing step two above, staying at a lower height, until your weight adjusts closer to the correct weight for your height, or until you have recovered from your health condition and are strong enough to do this type of a jump.
5. Next, try jumping from a 16 inch height for a month. This could be jumping from the second step on a stairway, if it’s safe, or some other thing you have around your home or in the yard that is about this height.
Remember, at least four jumps a day in succession, and if you have to pause in-between jumps, keep it to less than one minute between each jump. After a month or so at this height, proceed to the next step.
6. The next height is 20 inches—find something sturdy to jump from that is this height. It could be something in your yard, or around the neighborhood, such as a particularly high curb of some sort, or a very sturdy bench that is fixed in place. Some have jumped from chairs, but this can be a bit risky if the chair is not very sturdy and in a position where it cannot tip over, or move around. Look around and see what suits you, but be sure it’s secure and safe to jump from.
Stick to this height for the rest of your life. This may sound easy, but when you get to this height you may feel a bit unsure. The jumps may even scare you long before you get to 20 inch jumps. This is why I encourage you to please take precautions, find safe and sturdy things to jump from, have an option to grab on to a railing or something if needed,
Always be sure to wear proper footwear with the proper support if you are jumping.
Having said all of this, remember, the steps above are guidelines. Some people may feel they cannot ever make it to jump from a height of 20 inches, or there may be a reason they cannot attain this height—they have some impairment, etc.
The point is find what works for you. At the same time, try to attain what you really need in order to build your stamina and strengthen your bones. Don’t be too soft on yourself. Get the right balance—find what your body needs.
If you have not experienced any jolts like you get in jumping for a few years, (especially the older you are) I suggest that for a week or two you simply jump up and down lightly while standing in place. You might even start by keeping the ball of your foot on the ground and lifting your heels up and down a few times.
The latter is not exactly a jump, but it is a start. Give your body a little time to start adjusting to a jolt. You don’t have to spend hours or even minutes at it. Thirty to sixty seconds a day should do it. Then, after a couple of weeks, begin the small jumps of 1 inch and work up your jumping height as explained above.
When you come down in the jump, come down flat footed. Do not come down on your toes, as that takes most of the shock out of the jump. After just stepping off of a curb or a step and landing on two feet instead of one foot, begin jumping off of the step. Don’t make it a big deal just a tiny jump at first. Then a little bigger jump. Again, landing flat footed.
Always adjust your jumping accordingly. Find something safe to jump from. Two steps may be the same height as a chair, thus no need to graduate to the chair or bench. The idea is to start low and gradually build up to a comfortable height, when you feel you are ready for it—stay safe.
In the guidelines above I suggest trying to work up to jumping from a 20 inch height. This is however, flexible, do what you are led to do. Do not be too soft on yourself, neither push yourself too hard. It’s a matter of balance! Do not take chances, build up slowly and find what feels right for you.
Only attempt jumping the higher heights when you have trained for six months or even longer, or you are completely comfortable with it.
Do the jumps four times a day. Your body will adjust to it. It will strengthen you in areas that just walking or jumping on a mini trampoline will not do. This is not to say don’t use the mini trampoline, thousands get great benefit from it—the jumping technique I have described above is for a different purpose.
Don’t underestimate the importance of jumping. Over the years I have noticed people who experience jolts and I always observe them as much tougher than those who avoid physical jolts to their bodies. Not big jolts, but after training six months, at least the jolt of jumping off a couple of steps or a sturdy bench or curb or chair.
I have watched for years. People avoid jolts like the plague. I see that even very small jolts are painful for many people, but they should not be painful. If you will work up to it slowly it will not be painful and you will be much stronger for it.
Just don’t overdo it–work up to it. Take six months or a year to get to jumping 12, 16 or 20 inches or what you determine your body can take.
With these jumping suggestions, I am not guaranteeing you anything. It is my personal belief it has a good chance of helping you, as it has been my personal experience that jumping has helped to strengthen my bones.
Though I have suggested these heights and I believe overall they are good for most people, the suggestions above and the heights to reach for are a personal matter, and bio-individual.
Some may feel more comfortable at different heights. So go at your own pace and determine the height you feel comfortable with—but do work at it to reach the right height to do your body some good.
To do these jumps is a personal decision and something you do at your own risk. You are responsible to go about this in a safe manner, and you must feel comfortable that the jump is okay for you. I do it and others have done it.
I found it okay for me and others have too. Once more–take your time and go slow and work up to a steady pace and comfortable height. If you so desire and feel the need, or have a specific health condition, please do check with a doctor before you begin.
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I hope this is a help to you and that you enjoy good quality health when you are 105 years old.
Wishing you all the best for 2020,