Skip to main content

Kangoo Jumps

I bet you've never heard of Kangoo Jumps, right?

They are a fitness phenomenon, of sorts. 

I discovered them at the CAN FIT PRO conference about 6 years ago.  Believe it or not, I actually own a pair.  As you can see from the photo, they are like ski boots with springy things on them.  They supposedly allow you to perform high impact activities while providing much more cushioning for your joints than regular footwear.  This is why I initially purchased them about 5 years ago.  Having fallen in love with running after Big A was born, and then developing runner's knee, before I gave up on my new-found activity, I bought a pair of Kangoo Jumps to see if they really work.

I purchased them for $300 on Ebay - and no, Adam was never thrilled with this whole idea.  Admittedly, I wore them 2-3 times before I put them in a closet and kind of forgot about them.  My knees still felt achy afterwards, so it didn't seem to be the cure-all I'd hoped, and soon after I gave up running regularly.  I received a lot of "I told you so"s from my husband.

But each year at the CAN FIT PRO conference I see them and this past year it made me wonder if I should try them out again since I can now do moderate amounts of running without any problems.  Last week I woke up and was really in the mood to do a new workout.  I instantly thought of my Kangoo Jumps, so I found them in the closet and dusted them off.

I had planned to try and do a 60 minute run on the treadmill.  Set to 5.6 mph, I was able to get my heart rate up to where it usually is when I run at 6.6 mph, however, I stopped after just 35 minutes.  I just don't find it fun to run with massively heavy things on my feet.  It definitely makes the workout harder, hence you can run slower, which might be better for people who experience pain when they run fast, but it just is not fun...or at least not in my opinion.  Part of it could be doing it on the treadmill, because when I first got them I was running outside and I did find it fun, or maybe my memory is a bit foggy.

In any case, I haven't given up on them yet because what is fun is jumping in them and there are now Kangoo Jump group fitness classes across North America as well as fitness DVDs.  You can find classes in Toronto here.  They offer inexpensive boot rentals so you can give them a try.  I think I might purchase one of the DVDs at some point, so I can do classes at home.

Kangoo Jumps may or may not be for you, but they are just one of a bajillion fitness modalities out there now.  Honestly, if you think you don't like exercising, or don't have the time, just start doing a bit of research.  There are endless ways to get active and many do not even require any equipment or gym memberships.

As I've said many, many times, being physically active is so important.  I keep reading research studies demonstrating how critical regular exercise is for prevention of a myriad of health problems and diseases.  As they now say:  "Physical Inactivity is the New Smoking!"


  1. I've seen people wearing these while running in Central Park and always wondered about them. I probably won't be buying them but if my gym ever has a class I'd definitely try them out!


Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

Blackfly Coolers: Product Review

Summer is over! Well, at least if you're a student. Officially it doesn't end for a few weeks, and it certainly still feels like summer. Yeah, I hate it. This f*cking hot, humid weather needs to end NOW! We made the most of our last weekend of the summer with our annual trip to the CNE on Friday, with a crowd of friends. It wasn't unbearably lot, thank goodness, and the girls and their friends had a blast on the rides.  Saturday I had to work, and Sunday was errand day. Monday we took the girls berry/apple/pear picking but didn't last long due to the heat. I organized the house to prepare for the construction workers starting back up yesterday, while Adam took the girls for a swim in our neighbourhood pool.

Yesterday was the first day of school. Grade 2 and Grade 5. Yep, the girls are growing up.  We are fortunate that the girls don't have much anxiety about school, they are so much more confident than I ever was as a kid! But now, in the midst of our reno chaos, …

Live Clean

I have been committed to living a healthy life through nutrition and fitness for over 20 years now.

It took me a lot longer to pay attention to what I was cleaning the house with and what I was putting ON my body as opposed to IN it.

When I got pregnant with Big A I started reading about the toxins in a lot of commercial cleaning products and switched to the all-natural, eco-friendly stuff. When I became pregnant with Little A, I switched to all-natural, eco-friendly personal care products.

I am all for being environmentally friendly for the good of the planet, but to be honest, what really motivates me to make these types of changes is concern for my family's health.

You may remember I mentioned giving up my favorite perfume a while back because it apparently is full of nasty chemicals. I switched to the "Red Tea" scent made my Roots, which is supposed to be somewhat "natural". This was only after a number of trial and errors. I first found a woman in …

Panang Curry

When we go out for Thai food, one of my favorite things to order is the panang curry. But there is no doubt when this dish is made in a restaurant, it packs a hefty wallop of fat, sodium and calories.

My version is lightened up, but still rich and flavourful and it is super simple to make.

Traditionally, panang curry is made with either beef or chicken, but I made it vegetarian, using dried seiten (wheat gluten) I got at T&T a few weeks ago. If you are not sensitive to gluten, this is a great source of vegetarian protein. If you cannot find it dried, you can get it prepared at most health food stores. Alternatively, you can use tofu, or the more traditional chicken or beef options.

This dish also doesn't usually have much vegetable matter in it, but I love how yummy veggies taste when simmered in this sauce, and it makes this a healthy one-pot meal. Use whatever veggies you prefer or have on hand.

Protein of choice (2 cups seiten or 1 lb organic tofu, boneless skinless ch…