Did you jump rope as a kid?
Jumping rope is tough, but an amazing workout that you can do while you’re at home, in any space! It’s light and compact so you can take it with you when you travel, or just out to the park or office. The jump rope is one of the oldest fitness tools. It allows you to stay in one spot and work your whole body. It can be used as a full body, filler exercise, meaning that you can use the rope between lifting weights and skip that long cardio session. It will keep your heart rate up for the whole workout. There are many benefits to this overlooked simple little tool!
Jumping rope not only gives your heart a workout, it also gets your legs, including the smaller stabilization muscles that support your joints. It’s also great for agility and hand-foot coordination. Jumping rope can help increase bone density, but make sure you progress gradually, as any impact can be hard on the joints.
Your upper body also gets a workout in with jumping rope, just not as intense as training with weights. This is where adding it in between sets, even on an upper body day, can make your workout tougher and a calorie burning blast 🙂
Remember, any sort of jumping can be hard on the joints. Landing softly, absorbing the shock, would be a good idea if you have had joint issues. Jumping rope can be a low risk exercise if you take it slow and progress within your limits. I love the versatility of the jump rope! It’s not just for kids or athletes!
If you want to give it a try it’s best to have a trainer, or someone that is familiar with jumping rope, help you set up the length and show you the proper form. Have fun and be safe friends!