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Jumping rope can be for moms too! As a child, jumping rope was about singing songs and trying to jump as long as possible without missing a jump. Moms, this childhood exercise is a fun cardiovascular activity, and one you can do with very little equipment. All you need is a good jump rope and supportive cross training shoes.
What should you look for in a rope? Your rope should be lightweight and comfortable to hold on to. The rope length is important for jumping as well. To make sure you have the correct length hold onto the handles and step on the middle of the rope with one foot. The handles should come up to your under arms when pulled tight.
How to jump rope, according to American Council on Exercise:
- Lightly grip the handles near the end closest to the rope.
- Keep your shoulders relaxed and your elbows close to your body.
- Your knees should be bent slightly.
- Turn the rope from the wrist and aim to keep a smooth arc in the rope as it passes over your head.
- Never hunch over. Keep your back straight and your head up.
- Jump low to keep the impact on your knees and ankles to a minimum.
Now that winter is around the corner jumping rope may be a good alternative for running or jogging. If you are just starting out make sure you start off slow and gradually to build up your endurance. Begin by imitating jumping without the rope until you get use to the jumping and timing. You should be able to converse out loud, but you should be winded. Get that music rolling and start jumping!
* Note: Check with your physician before starting a new exercise program to make sure it is safe for you.
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