Skipping Rope Isn't Just For Kids

Remember this playground classic? “A my name is Alice and my husband’s name is Al. We come from Alaska and we sell apples!” Back then jumping rope was all fun and games. But it really is a serious workout. Rope jumping will increase your heart rate, strengthen your bones (just twenty jumps a day is all it takes!), and improve your balance (which helps reduce your risk of falls). Best of all, a jump rope is inexpensive and portable. That means fewer excuses for not using it! Add a little interval training to your daily walk by jumping for two minutes at a few spots along your route. As for jumping technique: Keep your back straight and your head up; turn the rope from your wrists and jump low to reduce impact on your knees and ankles. All together now: “B my name is Betsy and my husband’s name is Bob. We come from Biloxi and… ” 

"The benefits of jumping rope.....cardiovascular conditioning, enhanced coordination, weight loss, improved posture, enjoyable and interesting." Scott Canipe

Posted on August 14, 2015 and filed under fitness.