Jumping rope is a very effective (and very fun!) form of cardiovascular conditioning. A jump rope is extremely portable for travel or outdoor workouts, and it provides excellent “bang for your buck” when it comes to getting a really challenging workout in a short amount of time.
There are two main types of jump ropes: standard PVC and cable for speed work.
PVC ropes are great for all-around conditioning and to get started. When you want to take your rope jumping to the next level, you'll need a thin cable speed rope. This will allow you to do double- and triple-unders, and perform jumps much faster than with a PVC rope.
To get started, try to find a shock-absorbing surface like a running track or gym floor if you can. Start with just a few minutes at a time, two-three days per week. Gradually work your way up from there.
Karina Inkster is a qathet region health and fitness coach, author of five books, and host of the No-B.S. Vegan podcast.
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