Quickly, run to your nearest playground, or go to your neighbor’s house that has kids and often has kids playing outside. Are any of them jumping rope? Do they seem to be enjoying it, singing songs as they jump or talking to one another or getting “fancy” with the rope? Is there a line waiting for the next jump rope? Are you considering getting in line to use their jump rope?
What happened between age 9 and now that you are an adult that you don’t jump rope anymore? Apart from needing to have a longer rope, ah you’re not 4 feet 5 anymore, the concept and level of difficulty hasn’t changed. All that has changed is that it’s probably more difficult because we aren’t in as good shape as we once were? Think back to when you were 9 and jumping rope. Did you get easily winded? Likely not. Did you love it? Did you have fun? Was it an extremely inexpensive way to have fun?
It’s still all of those things. But again, what made us stop jumping rope? We took up all these expensive methods of losing weight and getting in shape. We bought a treadmill, a spin machine, a $1200 mountain bike, a $1500 gym membership, and do we continue to use them? The treadmill makes a nice place to hang your work clothes when you get home, the gym membership is still there and each month those dues are being deducted from your account. The tires in your mountain bike are flat and the spin machine needs oil, it hasn’t been used in so long.
For about $20.00 you could be jumping rope to lose weight.
What are the benefits? Apart from being a lot of fun and reminding us of a time when we were young and hadn’t a care in the world, it’s an excellent cardiovascular way to lose weight. It gets your heart rate up very high, it gets your arms over your head, which is another key to doing a successful cardiovascular work out and after a little while you’re not thinking about it as being exercise, but just a way to pass the time.
Here are some important things to consider before attempting this extremely fun sport. Get some running or walking shoes.. Don’t attempt this with your 3” pumps. You might want to remove your pant or skirt suit as well and change into sweats or shorts. If you are well endowed, perhaps an exercise bra may be recommended as well. You may recall we didn’t have that problem when we were 9. Wear some comfortable socks and you may want to put some Vaseline between your toes or any other places that rub. This minimizes blisters
Get a rope that when both handles are in your hand, extends at least six inches from your body. This is no joke, getting hit in the head with the rope as it picks up speed hurts. Wooden handles work well as they grip more easily than plastic, especially after you’ve started sweating.
Last advice? Have fun!