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Ropes Can Be Included in Building Better Health

By Tom Herrin

One of the biggest problems many people have in trying to get in better shape is finding the time.  There is often the excuse that if they just had more time, they would be more active. While most have considerable time demands, there are ways to include exercise on a regular basis.  An old standard kids’ activity is not a bad means of meeting the challenge of becoming more active. Skipping rope can be something that has little cost and can be done almost anywhere you can carry a jump rope -- which is basically anywhere. The only obstacle may be mostly in the mind.

It Can Improve Coordination

Whether people are young or old, coordination can be important to their health and well-being.  Lack of coordination can play a major role in accidents. Skipping rope can be done at any pace, but people will develop a rhythm as they do it.  They are not likely to struggle very long when they begin trying. After only a little practice, people usually find that there is a pace that suits them well.  While some are well pleased with a slow pace, others thrive on the challenge of speed.

It May Protect Bones

There has been a lot of concern about bone density, particularly as people get older.  Many people suffer injuries and other problems due to lack of it. Jumping is considered to be one of the best ways to increase bone density.  It can strengthen bones provided they are not suffering from some serious problem at present. Apparently the jumping action is a great way to do this.  It is not as if it's necessary to jump for long periods of time either. Jumping for only a few minutes a day may be all it takes.

It Can Improve Breathing

Even though we don’t often think about it, breathing has a specific purpose.  When we get out of breath, it is an indication that our condition is not sufficient for the task at hand.  Excessive shortness of breath may indicate a more serious problem, but when we get winded for lack of conditioning, we can improve that.  Steady skipping rope can help to make your heart more efficient in moving blood throughout our body. Supplying oxygen as it is used is a critical job.  Skipping rope for a few minutes a day or a few times per week can be just the right amount of work to make this happen more successfully.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Carmel, Ind.


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