Exercise Type: cardio-outdoor
Fitness Level: Easy
Posted By:Nicole Moneer Guerrero
This is a great exercise for parents to do with their children. Bunny hops are an easy exercise that strengthen the legs, build strong bones, and help children (and adults) improve balance.
Muscle Groups: legs
You can do this activity indoors or outdoors, but for this purpose let's assume you're outside enjoying a beautiful spring or summer day.
Stand on the sidewalk with a friend (or child). The two of you should try to stand at least three to four feet apart.
An easy rule of thumb as demonstrated in the associated picture is to line up along the cracks in a sidewalk.
Focusing on keeping both feet together. Jump over the crack in the sidewalk from side to side. This is where the name bunny hop comes from. You should be performing short, quick hops from one side to another.
Try to move in unison with your partner (or child). Focus on coordination of movement and timing.
As you become comfortable, try lifting up your feet and heels. This is a harder movement and requires more skill and balance.
Other alternations of this movement include jumping on one leg (which is more advanced) and turning so that you are jumping towards your partner (face-to-face) as opposed to both of you jumping side to side. You both want to jump forward and then jump backwards. For both of these alternatives, once again focus on coordination and timing. Watch each other and encourage each other.
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