Grab a Jump Rope then Jump for Joy—and Fitness!

Jump Rope for Foot HealthCinderella, dressed in yella, went downstairs to kiss a fella. Remember singing those chants when you were jumping rope as a child? We had no idea that we were actually getting a workout! We were just having fun, right? Well, skipping rope is still fun, but it’s not just for kids anymore. It’s actually a great way for adults to stay fit. Using a jump rope burns more calories in a shorter amount of time, and with less impact, than if you went for a jog—seriously.  It strengthens your heart, improves your stamina, reinforces good posture, and even keeps you agile. Best of all, you can pick up a rope for very little money, it’s easy, and it’s portable. You can pull it out and start skipping just about anywhere!

Besides the cardiovascular benefits, jumping rope works your core, calves, quads, hamstrings, and glutes. It can even strengthen your toes. The quick foot work compliments any sport or training program, too.

So grab a rope and spice up your exercise routine! Be sure the rope is the right size for you, though. Stand on the center and pull the handles up. They should just graze your armpits. Next, find a surface that is free of obstacles, is flat, and fairly hard. A wooden floor works great, as does asphalt, cement, or even a freshly mowed lawn.

Try jumping at varying speeds, with both feet, then alternating. Attempt a lunge, or scissor stance—putting one foot forward and one back, then switching. There are as many ways to cross-train with a jump rope as there are benefits from it.

Learn more by calling (512) 328-8900 to talk with Dr. Craig H. Thomajan DPM, FACFAS and Dr. Shine John DPM, FACFAS of Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists here in Austin, TX.

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