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Entry for November 4, 2008

Is jumping rope a good exercise?


Alice


One of the greatest things about jumping rope is how little it takes to get started. All you really need are some comfortable shoes and a good rope. The best shoes for jumping rope are either aerobic shoes or cross-trainers. Be sure your shoes have a reinforced toe and provide a lot of cushioning for the ball of the foot.


Jump ropes have come a long way since most of us were skipping around the playground. Today, they are made from a variety of materials and feature various grip styles.


Some ropes are weighted or have heavy handles. These ropes are usually too cumbersome and are not recommended. Instead, choose a light-weight rope with foam grips so it won't slip away from you even if your palms get sweaty.


Here's how to choose the right length rope for you: step one foot on the center of the rope and bring both handles up to the chest. The handles should reach about chest-high.

2008-11-04 11:59:18 GMT
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