Why You Should Add Lateral Jumps To Your Workout Routine

Exercise is important, and the best workout routines include a variety of movements that work all of the muscles in your body (via Livestong). Common exercises, such as walking briskly or running, are forward movements that use the dominant muscles in your legs, including the hip flexors, glutes, quadriceps, and calf muscles, per Chron

One way to strengthen the other muscles in your legs is to add lateral jumps, according to Verywell Fit. Lateral jumps are basically jumping side to side from one foot to the other. There are several versions of lateral jumps, with some being more advanced than others. You can jump from side to side, landing with both feet on the floor, and work your way up to landing on one foot as your balance improves. Double lateral jumps involve both legs as you jump from one side to another, usually over a rope or some other object (via Byrdie).

Your body will benefit in several ways

Lateral jumps strengthen the muscles on the inside and outside of your legs (via Shape). You're not just strengthening those muscles, you are stabilizing your hips and pelvis, which can increase flexibility and prevent injury. Your bones will also benefit from lateral jumps, too. Like other weight-bearing exercises, lateral jumps build bone strength and density, according to Byrdie. In addition to that, as your lower body gets stronger, your balance and joints will improve.

If you're new to lateral jumps, start out slowly. You can modify jumps by taking a wide step to one side instead of jumping, gradually moving into a squat position, and adding propulsion as you become more accustomed to the movement. If you have any injuries or issues with lower body exercises like jumping, it's best to consult with your doctor or fitness coach to discuss whether lateral jumps are right for you, per Byrdie.