Looking for a new exercise? Jumping rope is an oldie, but goodie. Jump rope is one of the most effective cardiovascular exercises. It is inexpensive, can be performed almost anywhere, and is fairly easy to do.
To find the right size rope for you, step on the center of the rope with one foot. When holding the handles up, they should come to chest level.
Below are a few tips for using a jump rope:
- Keep your back straight with your head up
- Keep your shoulders back; don’t hunch
- Keep your elbows close to the body
- Focus on a soft landing. Use your muscles to brace your impact rather than jarring those joints.
Once you have the basics down, you can get creative! Knee jumps, scissor jumps, one-foot jumps, etc. The possibilities go on and on!