I know what you’re thinking – “Why on earth would anyone do 20,000 jumping jacks every day for a month?!” Well, let me tell you, it’s been quite the journey.
It all started when I saw an Instagram post claiming that doing 20,000 jumping jacks every day for 30 days would give you “abs of steel” and “explosive cardiovascular endurance.” I mean, who wouldn’t want that? So, I decided to give it a try.
The first few days were a breeze. I mean, how hard could it be to do a few hundred jumping jacks, right? WRONG. By day five, my legs were shaking and my arms felt like Jell-O. But I was determined to see this through.
What Happens If I Do Jumping Jacks Everyday?
It was time-consuming.
Although, I could mix it with my flying, it certainly got in the way of my drinking. Here’s a snippet from a flight I had to do from Moscow to Shanghai and back.
“I just wanted to let you know that we will be experiencing some slight turbulence during our flight, so I am going to perform 20,000 jumping jacks to stabilize the plane. No need to worry, this is a routine procedure that I do every time I fly. Just sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride. And maybe grab a drink or two to take the edge off.
Now, where was I? Oh right, the jumping jacks. Alright, here we go. One, two, three, four… man, this is going to take a while. But I’m committed. I’ve got to get these abs of steel and explosive cardiovascular endurance. Fifty-seven, fifty-eight, fifty-nine… my legs are starting to feel like spaghetti. But I can’t stop now. I’m almost at the halfway point. Ten thousand, nine hundred ninety-seven, ten thousand, nine hundred ninety-eight, ten thousand, nine hundred ninety-nine, eleven thousand!
Ok, we’re halfway there. Just another 9,000 out of 20,000 jumping jacks to go. Deep breaths. Twenty-two thousand, three hundred forty-six, twenty-two thousand, three hundred forty-seven… I can’t feel my arms anymore. But I won’t give up. I’ve come too far. Thirty-nine thousand, nine hundred ninety-seven, thirty-nine thousand, nine hundred ninety-eight, thirty-nine thousand, nine hundred ninety-nine, forty thousand…”
One of the biggest challenges was loneliness
As the days went on, things only got worse. My copilot started giving me strange looks as I did jumping jacks in the cockpit (I had to fit them in wherever I could). My friends avoided inviting me to social events because they knew I’d be too busy doing jumping jacks to have a good time. And don’t even get me started on the sweat. I was a human waterfall.
But despite all the struggles, I persevered. And on day 30, I finally reached my goal of 20,000 jumping jacks. Did I have abs of steel and explosive cardiovascular endurance? No, not really. In fact, I’m pretty sure I gained weight from all the celebratory ice cream and pizza I ate to reward myself for my accomplishment.
So, the moral of the story? Don’t believe everything you see on Instagram, folks. Unless you really want to spend a month doing 20,000 jumping jacks a day, in which case, go for it.
From the Desk of a Pilot’s Smokin’ Hot Wife: The Jumping Jack Jeopardy
Benefits of Jumping Jacks
Darling, I saw my pilot hubby give it a go, and while he might’ve made some questionable airborne decisions, I’ve done a little reading myself. For those a bit more grounded, let’s discuss why exercises like jumping jacks might actually be your gateway to wellness!
Jumping Jacks Burn vs. Great Food
So, my hubby gobbled down ice cream and pizza post-jump. But did you know? The intensity workout from 100 jumping jacks can burn a surprising number of calories. Not enough to down a pizza every day, mind you, but it’s a start.
Full Body Workout and the Calorie Myth
Sure, jumping jacks require your full commitment – it’s a full body workout. You think you can sneak in a few short bursts and get those dreamy results? Think again. It’s about consistency and really feeling that burn. And no, darling, feeling hot after eating a jalapeño pepper doesn’t count.
Strength Training and the Jumping Jack Jive
Jumping jacks alone won’t give you biceps like Thor or glutes like Captain America. Mixing it up with some weight lifting? Now that’s the ticket to getting both cardiovascular health and muscles that can actually open that stubborn jar of pickles.
Heart Rate, Blood Pressure, and the Jump Rump
The high intensity of this exercise surely spikes up your heart rate. As for the blood pressure, mine definitely rises when my beloved decides to do his regimen mid-flight. But for you, it can be a controlled and effective way to get that heart pumping.
Lose Weight, Not Your Mind
Let’s be real – weight loss is more than just how many jumping jacks burn those pesky calories. It’s about commitment, balanced diet, and not using every accomplishment as an excuse to have a feast! A tip from me? Try rewarding yourself with something other than food. Like, say, a gorgeous pair of heels?
In Conclusion: Jump, but Stay Grounded
Jumping jacks? Great for a quick sweat. But remember, it’s about the journey, not just the calorie burn. So next time you think about joining a challenge from the depths of Instagram, maybe consult someone who’s done it—like my dear husband. Or, you know, an actual fitness expert.
Stay fabulous and keep jumping (sensibly)! 💋