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Adults Can Benefit From Child's Play

By Tom Herrin

Just because people may feel older, does not mean they have to be broken down.  There are plenty of activities that are available that can improve health and protect the body as well.  What many people likely believe they are too old to do is probably not the case at all. Jumping, or skipping, rope is one of those that sounds taxing, but can really be an extremely flexible activity to meet the needs of anyone seeking to improve their health.  A short, daily routine can do wonders for health and can be easily accomplished.

It Can Be Good for the Brain

Believe it or not, jumping rope can help to develop the brain.  Managing the rope and developing the rhythm can help to develop both sides of the brain.  There is some development of awareness of space as the participant must meet the challenge of managing the rope as they carry out the activity.  It is believed to improve reading skills, reaction time, and increase memory.

It Provide Greater Self-Control

Just about everyone relates jumping rope to boxers.  These athletes see it as a major part of their training program, and believe me, they don't cut corners where getting into the ring to go one-one-one with someone who wants to knock them out is concerned.  One of the things jumping rope is believed to do for boxers is give them a greater sense of calm.  This may be largely due to the fact that mastering the rope can improve concentration while allowing the participant to master what the body does.  This combination of mind and body can give a feeling of control over one’s own self, which in turn means more confidence. This is essentially the opposite of what causes depression, so it can be a really positive activity.

It Is An Activity That Can Go Where You Do

There may not be any activity that is any less expensive or portable than skipping rope.  A rope costs very little -- check out your dollar store -- and no special equipment is required. It may be done with or without shoes with reasonable success.  The rope can fit into a purse, backpack, or other container because it does have any kind of rigid shape. If you are in the market for a new activity, give some thought to jumping rope.  Since you can go at it completely at your own pace, it would be hard to go wrong. Try it for a few weeks and you will likely find that you can accomplish much with only a few minutes each day.  It could be time well spent.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Lone Tree, Colo.


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