Rocky Balboa was on to something when he incorporated jumping rope into his workout routine. Honestly, when is the last time you jumped rope? Thinking back to my childhood, I remember jumping rope as a fun game my friends and I used to sing songs to, but now its a great addition to my workouts and usually at the end I’m breathing so heavy that I couldn’t possibly sing a song.
Jumping rope incorporates nearly every area of fitness including cardiovascular endurance, muscle strength, and agility. And, it’s relatively cheap and you don’t need a lot of space or fancy equipment to do it. As you get better and your jumping skills and fitness improve there are several variations you can add for a greater challenge and to keep things interesting. Go to http://library.thinkquest.org/5407/skills.html for some ideas. And don’t forget to have fun!
Be Healthy. Be Balanced.
-Alicia and Nikki