This exercise involves calisthenic movements that include running and jumping.
Jog for 3 counts of 8, interspersing 8 counts of jumping jacks. While jogging, remember to roll through the ball and heel of the foot on landing, keeping knees and feet aligned. Bend the knees when landing.
When doing jumping jacks, begin with arms at your side. Then raise arms above head and jump simultaneously. Finally, bring arms back down to your side.
Continue sets of jogging and jacks for a series of 8 sets (jogging for 24 counts, jacks for 8 counts). Repeat until you break a light sweat. Return to an easy march and breathe. Now you're ready for your first series of exercises.
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