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How Can I Jump Higher?

I want to jump higher, how can I do this? There are many athletes who need to jump higher to be able to win. Jumping higher is highly required for playing many sports such as basketball and other sports in which you need to jump higher to catch or throw something. How are you going to play these sports if you cannot jump higher? Being tall helps you to achieve your goal, but what should you do if you are not tall? Should you stop playing these sports? No, there is no need to do this at all because there are a few methods that can allow you to overcome this problem and increase your vertical jumping. Do you want to discover more about them? Some of the tips that are presented to you here are associated with the techniques of jumping that you need to change or to consider when you jump, while the others are related to strengthening your legs and improving your flexibility by doing exercises. Here are the tips that can help you to jump higher and become better.

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♦ Lose weight

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Do not forget that you may need to lose weight as being lighter means jumping higher. This will also help you to exert less effort and save more energy.

♦ Pay attention to your steps before jumping

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Before jumping, you have to prepare your body and muscles. You have to take 1-3 steps before you jump as this will help you to prepare your muscles and increase your energy to jump higher. This is not easy and for this reason you have to practice it.

♦ Learn more about the right position before jumping

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After taking your steps before jumping to prepare your muscles and increase energy, you have to consider the position of different parts of your body before jumping. You have to bend your knees 60 degrees, your hips 30 degrees and your ankles 25 degrees. Practicing this position is extremely important to be able to increase power, jump higher and reduce injuries.

♦ Push your body high to the sky

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You have to help yourself to jump higher by raising your hands as if you are swinging them or preparing yourself to fly and push your body up through using your legs and standing on the balls of your feet. Do not inhale when you jump, you have to exhale to be able to jump higher.

♦ Meet the ground on the balls

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Leave the ground on the balls of your feet and meet it in the same way while your knees are bent to reduce the shock and other injuries to your feet when you land after jumping high.

♦ Watch yourself while jumping

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It is important to see yourself when you jump to be able to know the points of weakness and what needs to be improved. If you find that it is difficult for you to do it on your own, then why do not you ask one of your friends or family members to do this for you?

♦ Doing exercises

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Practicing jumping only is not enough for you to jump higher. You have to strengthen your legs and do more exercises to be able to increase your vertical jumping. There are several exercises that can help you to jump higher and doing these exercises while practicing jumping is a necessity to improve your performance, strengthen your hamstrings, quads, calves and glutes and this in turn allows you to increase your vertical jumping.

The exercises that you can do to jump higher include squats, deadlifts, squat jumps, calf raises, jump rope, ankle bounces and plyometric exercises. You shouldn’t also ignore other exercises including abdominal exercises, core training, dorsiflexion exercises and upper body exercises.

♦ Increase the difficulty of the exercises

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In order to increase the resistance and make the exercises that you do more difficult, you need to carry something heavy in your hands while exercising.

♦ Try to be more flexible

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Being flexible will help you to improve your movement and jump higher easily without the need to force yourself to do that. In order to increase your flexibility, you need to stretch your body especially your buttocks, hamstrings and other muscles in your legs. You can do hamstrings muscle stretch, spread and crossed leg toe touches, standing toe touches and seated toe touches to get your legs stretched.

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