Staying young and fit doesn’t mean you have to brutalize yourself at the gym. It can actually be fun and enjoyable if you choose the right activities. So if you’ve been looking for an excuse to ditch your time on the treadmill, may we suggest jumping rope? There’s something lighthearted about this fitness activity that makes it appealing… but it’s the total-body workout that keeps die-hard jump-ropers coming back for more. Hop in with these easy moves.
The Single Bounce: Most people start out with an extra hop in between rope rotations. Work towards speeding up your rope movement and cutting your hops back to a single bounce when the rope passes. Over time, you should be able up to a speed where you are barely resting in between bounces. Works calves, quads, glutes, biceps, forearms and core muscles.
The Side Step: Particularly effective for those with lower back problems and those that prefer low-impact workouts, this move involves getting up to speed by hopping (or stepping) from one foot to the other as the rope passes. Stay up on the balls of your feet when switching sides, taking care not to lean too heavily to one side or the other. Works same muscle groups and adds coordination and balance components as well.