Leap of Faith

Next year is a leap year! But, what is a leap year? A leap year is the fourth year of a cycle (i.e. 2020, 2016, 2348, 1840, etc) in which an extra day (2/29) is added to compensate for the extra time all years naturally accrue (5 hours, 48 minutes & 45 seconds to be exact).

According to National Geographic, “trying to sync calendars with the length of the natural year caused confusion—until the concept of leap year provided a way to make up for lost time.”

Beyond keeping our calendars even, Leap Years come with a whole set of traditions & superstitions:

& If you are born on February 29th, what is considered your birthday during on non-leap year? The short answer is March 1st, but you can read the long answer here.


On a semi-unrelated note, please, enjoy these leaping inspired exercises & sports:

  • Jump rope
  • Hop scotch
  • Basketball
  • Parkour
  • Gymnastics
  • Box jumps
  • Tumbling
  • Cheerleading
  • Ballet / dance
  • Aerobics
  • Acrobatics

Now you know the Legend of the Leap Year get excited for Next Year!

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