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Jumping rope is possibly the single most comprehensive and beneficial form of exercise a person can do! It can be done just about anywhere - alone or in a group - and can easily be incorporated into anyone's lifestyle. Best of all, its exercise that is fun, entertaining, and highly enjoyable.

 

Jumping rope can burn up to 1000 calories per hour, making it one of the most efficient workouts possible. An unparalleled all-around workout, rope jumping strengthens the heart, muscles, and bones. It tones muscles in the entire body, developing long, lean muscles in all major muscle groups, both upper and lower. Jumping rope optimizes cardiovascular conditioning and maximizes athletic skills by combining agility, coordination, timing, endurance and explosive power on both sides of the body.

 

And it's also a great family activity. Everyone in the family can participate at his or her own level and enjoy jumping together. Even grandparents who might not want to jump can still turn the rope for double dutch.

 

Health benefits of jumping rope can be listed as follows.

 

1. Jumping rope improves body (hand, eye, and foot) coordination.

2. Is low impact, but burns lots of calories.

3. It releases natural endorphins giving you a lasting "good" feeling about yourself.

4. Improves posture by strengthening core muscles of the back and spine.

5. Strengthens muscles and bones (great for aging women) in the lower body.

6. Tones your butt, abs, thighs, calves, chest, and arms. In other words, your entire body!

 

Here is a breakdown of the do's and don'ts of jumping rope.


1. Lightly grip the handles near the end closest to the rope.

2. Keep your shoulders relaxed and your elbows close to your body.

3. Your knees should be bent slightly.

4. Turn the rope from the wrist and aim to keep a smooth arc in the rope as it passes over your head.

5. Never hunch over. Keep your back straight and head up.

6. Jump low to keep the impact on your knees and ankles to a minimum.

 
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