With over half of America’s adolescents being physically unfit, finding a fun yet convenient exercise strategy has never been more important. And it’s not just our kids we have to worry about, as a shocking less than 5% of adults do the recommended 30 minutes of exercise per day.
Paired with our often unhealthy food choices, this lack of exercise could be responsible for a variety of health-related disorders in both adults and children including child obesity among others. Many people assume that ‘exercise’ means sweating for hours in the gym lifting weights or going on endless runs, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Jump ropes are both portable and affordable and provide a fun yet effective form of exercise for the whole family. Below you’ll find some top tips to get started and achieve a healthier new you!
Choose the best jump rope
When it comes to jump ropes, most of us don’t actually realize how many types there are. Dependent on your height, weight and current physical ability, the jump rope you choose could mean the difference between a successful or unsuccessful jump rope regime.
Especially for beginners, you’ll need a rope that features durable handles and an adjustable mechanism. Getting an adjustable rope means you’re able to tailor the ropes length to fit your exact requirements as you progress with your exercise, and can even adjust it to fit the rest of your family to save you buying ropes for each person. Take a look at these jump rope options and reviews to gain inspiration.
The key to maintaining a steady fitness level is variety. The last thing you want is to get bored with your exercise and become unmotivated, leaving you back to square one again. You can administer a variety of different jumps with a jump rope, each with their own specific benefits to the body. Here are a few simple variations you can try to begin with:
- Standard jumps – jump rope with both feet, keeping them spread a good distance apart. Maintain a steady pace by moving the rope around the length of your body using wrist actions.
- Lateral jumps – jump rope using standard jumps but include a side-to-side motion as you jump. This will not only provide cardio like standard jumps but will also work the leg’s lateral muscles.
- One-foot jumps – same as standard jumps but using hopping motions instead. Alternate your hopping leg every few hops, and this will strengthen your leg muscles as well as improve balance.
Regardless of which jump you choose, each may take practice to get it just right. Ensure to keep a steady pace throughout and ensure to stop for water if you feel dizzy or light-headed at any point.
Jumping rope exercises provide much more than initially meets the eye. As long as you keep things varied and interesting, you’re pretty much guaranteed to have the most fun you’ve ever had whilst exercising – all while burning calories and getting fitter!
Elizabeth Gray made it her resolution for 2017 to exercise daily. So far she’s doing great, she may not make it to the gym every day but playing football with her son or jumping rope in the basement all count!