Find Out Why Everybody Is Jumping Rope
Suddenly everybody has realized jump ropes pack just as easily as yoga mats for traveling. They also burn calories and up the heart rate. Plus, jumping rope only takes a few minutes and it works every muscle in the body.
So now everybody’s jumping rope, before breakfast, at the office, and after work in gym workouts.
How To Get Started
Start by getting a heavy PVC rope from a sporting goods store to jump slowly. As you advance, switch to a lighter version, jumping faster and upping the intensity.
Real Simple suggests Buddy Lee’s starter routine.
Begin with knees slightly bent, rope at hip height. Push evenly off the balls of the feet keeping knees soft. Start by jumping in place to establish your rhythm.
Basic Jump - Swing the rope over your head and jump as it passes your feet. You don’t have to jump high, just enough to clear the rope. Land evenly on both feet. Jump for one minute. Rest for one minute.
Alternate-Foot Jump - Swing the rope over your head and jump as it passes your feet. Land on your right foot. Next time land on your left. Continue as if you were running in place, for one minute. Rest for one minute.
High Step - Repeat the alternate-foot jump, but this time raise each knee to a 90-degree angle while jumping. Continue for one minute, then rest for one minute.
Huffington Post suggests some advanced jumps.
Half-Jacks - As you feel more comfortable, alternate between jumping with your feet together and jumping with your feet wider apart, just like jumping jacks. Stay light on your toes, and make sure your feet don't catch on the sides of the rope.
Double Single-Foot Jumps - From your standard jumping position, shift your weight to your right foot and hop twice, leaving your left foot in the air. Repeat with the left side and continue. The more comfortable you get, the more single jumps you can add to test your balance and single-leg stamina.
Running Hops - Pick up the pace. From your standard jumping pattern, begin alternating feet until your movement resembles a jog. Start spinning the rope faster and increase the speed of your feet simultaneously. You'll be getting a cardio workout and building your coordination.
If jumping rope becomes addictive for you there are lots more jumping rope moves out there. Enjoy the routines and expect new endurance levels and weight loss!