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You Can Improve Health Indoors or Out by Jumping Rope

By Tom Herrin

When people think of ways to get more exercise, they often reflect on things that require expensive equipment, group programs, and a lot of hard work.  It does not have to be that way. Exercise can be very personal. For those who prefer to do their own thing, keeping to themselves, there are a variety of things that have little or no cost but still yield favorable results.  Jumping rope may sound like a young person’s activity, but it can actually work for people of all ages, shapes, and sizes.

It Can Help Reduce Foot and Ankle Injuries

The steady pace of jumping rope can do a good job of strengthening the feet and ankles.  Whereas many other activities tend to lead to injuries due to the frequent planting and turning, jumping rope is good repetition and helps to keep people landing on the balls of their feet instead of flat-footed.  This forms the right habits. These can easily carry over to other activities in which more variable movement with the feet is necessary.

It Is Low Cost and Portable

Jumping rope can be done anywhere.  It is easy to do in a family room while watching television or listening to music.  It can also be done outside or in an office while on break. The rope can easily fit into a purse or backpack, so it can go anywhere people go.  No other equipment is needed, so cost is not a problem. Some people even prefer to jump barefooted. Clothing can be whatever is comfortable.

Burn Baby Burn

If you want to burn calories, jumping rope can do the trick.  You can do quite well jumping slow and steady, but if you want to ramp it up, you can go faster.  Since this is an aerobic activity, calories can be burned steadily. It has been said that you can burn up to 1,300 calories per hour while jumping rope vigorously.  Any activity that can produce those kinds of results can serve as a significant way of doing so. That is more than jogging. If you want to find something new for a change, try jumping rope.  You can go at whatever pace you like. It is obviously a good exercise to help you to get in better shape in order to participate in those other things you love.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Salt Lake City, Utah.


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