Well summer is almost here and everyone knows what that means.....BATHING SUIT season! So this is the time that everyone hits up the gym and starts dieting to have that perfect bathing suit body. But if you're like me, you feel that gym memberships are waaaay too much money these days!
So in an effort to get in shape, I try to find activities that are fun and wont hurt my pockets. Because honestly, at least if its fun you'll be more willing to do it consistently and be able to buy the cutest bathing suits of the season.
The newest activity I'm going to try is jump roping. Yes I said it, jumping rope. Now I've seen lots of people use this to get in shape but never really thought to try it myself. I mean when I was a kid I was the queen bee of double dutch (couldn't no one touch me!) so I figure if I enjoyed it back then and I'll enjoy it now. Plus I read that its a great way to tone and strengthen the muscles without getting big muscles. Which is good if your only concerned with toning your muscles!
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Apr 10, 2009
Sep 3, 2009 03:37 PM UTC
Jump rope the primary tool used in the game of skipping played by children and many young adults, where one or more participants jump over a rope swung so that it passes under their feet and over their heads. This may consist of one participant turning and jumping the rope, or a minimum of three participants taking turns, two of whom turn the rope while one or more jumps. Sometimes the latter is played with two turning ropes; this form of the activity is called Double Dutch and is significantly more difficult. Jump-rope rhymes are often chanted beginning when the skipper jumps in and ending when the skipper is tripped up.
In contrast to running, jumping rope is unlikely to lead to knee damage since the impact of each jump or step is absorbed by the balls of both feet rather than the heels. This decreases the ground reaction forces through the patella-femoral joint greatly. Jumping rope also helps strengthen the arms and shoulders. This combination of an aerobic workout and coordination-building footwork has made jumping rope a popular form of exercise for athletes, especially boxers and wrestlers. Individuals or groups can participate in the exercise, and learning proper jump rope technique is simple compared to many other athletic activities. The exercise is also appropriate for a wide range of ages and fitness levels. Jumping rope is particularly effective in an aerobic routine combined with other activities, such as walking, biking, or running.