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3 Ways a Rope Can Improve Your Workout

By Genevieve Cunningham

Exercise equipment is abundant. And if you've ever been to a gym or to the store looking for at home equipment, you're all too aware of the numerous options. Weights, kettlebells, resistance bands, jump ropes, yoga mats. It never ends. But what if your stash of equipment didn't have to be so complicated? What if you could use items that you already possess or that have multiple purposes? Luckily, you can, and you may be able to start with nothing more than a rope. If you're interested in how to take this everyday item and use it in your workout, take a look at these ideas.

You Can Climb It

Climbing a rope is hard work. You'll use every muscle in the body, especially your arms and core. You may not be able to go very high at first, but with practice, you’ll get better and stronger, and eventually you’ll be able to climb to the top. All you really need for this exercise is a strong rope and a high place to hang it -- maybe a tree limb or a tall ceiling. Give this a try for a simple but very effective exercise.

You Can Use It As Resistance

If you need resistance work, a rope can do wonders. Tie one end of the rope to something heavy, and then pull the other side. If you don't want the rope to give it all, use something fixed -- such as a pole or tree. If you want it to move when pulled, use something heavy but not immobile -- such as a heavy box or furniture. This allows you to work the muscles without shelling out the cash for big weights or a gym membership.

You Can Use Battle Ropes

Battle ropes are big, long, heavy ropes that you whip, swing, and move in various directions. It's a great workout because the ropes are really heavy, but you still have to maneuver them to do what you want them to do. While a regular rope won't be quite as difficult as a battle rope, it will still work the muscles -- especially for a beginner. Check out some internet videos to give you some ideas for a routine, and then get going!

You don't have to spend all of your money on equipment to make progress on your fitness. You can use everyday items instead! Grab a rope and use these ideas to get your health moving in the right direction in a fun, outside-of-the-box way.

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

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