Jump For Your Health – Jumping Rope is a great aerobic exercise.
Jumping rope is an exercise we tend to overlook as adults. The thought of jump roping usually conjures memories of our childhoods, usually either in the form of fond recollections of grade school playgrounds or shuddering vignettes of endless rope skipping in gym classes. The idea that jump roping could be a part of our current exercise routines doesn’t often enter into the picture.
Jumping rope actually has a lot going for it as an exercise. Rope skipping can assist in developing agility, coordination, and balance, not to mention improvements in cardiovascular and muscular endurance. Current research is showing that high impact activities, such as jumping rope, can also help maintain and/or build healthy bones. Another big plus is that the cost is minimal – a place to jump, a good rope, and a pair of supportive athletic shoes are all you need.
When choosing rope jumping think about your fitness goals. Bone health? Cardiovascular fitness? Coordination? Like all exercise programs, jumping for your health needs to be eased into. Jumping rope is a high impact, high intensity activity and those with health concerns should consult their physician before starting a jump rope program. As a coordination and agility builder, short bouts of jumping are sufficient. If you plan on using jumping rope as part of your aerobic routine, it’s best to combine it with other aerobic activities, such as walking, biking, or running. The intensity and impact can really add to an exercise program, but relying on jumping rope as your sole aerobic activity is not recommended for these same reasons.
Jumping rope is a great way to add spice to your exercise program. Remember, variety is one of the keys to staying fit. Studies have shown that people tend to stick with activities that are accessible and enjoyable, so why not give jumping rope a try?
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