Jump Around: Leap Day

I know everyone and their mother is going to blog about Leap Day today but hey, it is a pretty cool day!

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According to Time and Date, Leap Year “is an extra (intercalary) day added during a Leap Year, making the year 366 days long – and not 365 days, like a common (normal) year.”  As we saw in the movie Leap Year, there are some pretty cool Leap Day traditions out there.

“According to an old Irish legend, or possibly history, St Bridget struck a deal with St Patrick to allow women to propose to men – and not just the other way around – every 4 years. This is believed to have been introduced to balance the traditional roles of men and women in a similar way to how Leap Day balances the calendar.

In some places, Leap Day has been known as “Bachelors’ Day” for the same reason. A man was expected to pay a penalty, such as a gown or money, if he refused a marriage proposal from a woman on Leap Day. In many European countries, especially in the upper classes of society, tradition dictates that any man who refuses a woman’s proposal on February 29 has to buy her 12 pairs of gloves. The intention is that the woman can wear the gloves to hide the embarrassment of not having an engagement ring. During the middle ages there were laws governing this tradition.”

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This morning I went to spin, my third morning in a row (whoop whoop), and tried to leave my frustrations on the bike.  I love being able to get out my anger and to burn more calories because of it.  Today looks to be an extremely busy day, but I feel great having gotten a workout in already.  In addition to my daily workouts, I’ve also been working hard to reach my Nike FuelBand goal each day.  The past two nights I’ve been about 500 points away from my goal so I’ve had to go for a walk or jog around the house to reach 3500 points.  I have met my goal though every day since getting the FuelBand!  I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it!

I hope y’all enjoy this “once every 4 years” day.  My goal is going to be to get my mind off all that’s going on, to ignore the fact that it’s pouring rain outside today, and to focus on my to do list.  There’s lots to get done today, but sometimes having a laundry list of things to do is better than focusing on the negative.

Do you have any Leap Day traditions?  Any fun plans today?

Comments

  1.  says

    i’m not really doing anything special because of leap day today, but i did have fun going back into my google calendar and seeing exactly what i was doing on the last leap day! :)

    i’m so interested in the nike fuelband. i have been researching fitbits and body buggs, but now i’m going to check out the fuel band too!

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