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Fittest Loser Tip of the Week: Jump around

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  • Jill Micklow, wellness specialist at Assurance, captures the fitness spirit with split squat jumps -- in high heels no less.

      Jill Micklow, wellness specialist at Assurance, captures the fitness spirit with split squat jumps -- in high heels no less.

  • Jill Micklow is a Wellness Specialist on Assurance's Employee Benefits Team.

      Jill Micklow is a Wellness Specialist on Assurance's Employee Benefits Team.

 
By Jill Micklow
Wellness Specialist

Assurance has been a longtime proponent of corporate wellness programs, as it has empowered our employee base and provided them with both short and long-term benefits. Our faith in corporate wellness is what drove us to become the exclusive sponsor of the Daily Herald Fittest Loser competition. Through this competition, our goal is to show that wellness does not have to be expensive or time-consuming. Each week, we'll be sending a few, simple at-work exercises that you can do anytime and anywhere.

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Jump around

Win over a new client? Figure out how to un-jam the printer? Is it finally Friday!? Celebrate with the split squat jump.

With feet hip-width apart, step the left leg back two feet and balance on the ball of the foot.

Next, lower into a lunge, and then accelerate upward in an explosion of celebration.

While in the air, switch feet so that the left foot is planted firmly in front and the right leg is now behind.

Repeat 10-12 times on each side.

• Jill Micklow is a Wellness Specialist on Assurance's Employee Benefits Team. With a passion for improving the health of companies and their employees, Jill works closely with her clients to create large-scale corporate wellness programs. After first identifying her client's specific health and wellness goals, Jill then helps to develop, implement and manage a strategic wellness program tailored to their needs. Additionally, she works closely with Assurance's Benefits Communications Specialist to develop supplementary marketing materials to promote the success of these initiatives. Through education, motivation and engagement, Assurance clients and their employees see an improvement in overall health, morale, productivity and ROI thanks to Jill's efforts. Jill joined Assurance in 2009 and has since received certifications as a Group Benefits Associate (GBA), Certified Worksite Wellness Specialist (CWWS) and Certified Worksite Wellness Program Manager (CWWPM). Prior to Assurance, she graduated Summa cum Laude from St. Norbert College with a bachelor's degree in business and finance.

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