Jumping rope is an excellent cardiovascular activity to incorporate into aerobics, boxing or weight-lifting. As a matter of fact, most boxing coaches tell their clients to do it in between punching sessions. It is a great way to get your heart rate up and deplateau.
Here are some benefits from the Web page http://health.discovery.com/centers/nutritionfitness/nutrition/foodfit/jumprope.html (Accessed on July 28, 2007):
"An unparalleled all-around workout, rope jumping strengthens the heart, muscles and bones, promotes leanness and improves agility, coordination, timing, rhythm and explosive power on both sides of the body."
Start by jumping continuously for five minutes. Work your way up to ten minutes weeks late and then 15 minutes weeks after that, at your own pace. Vary the speed of jumping and learn to do tricks like jumping on one foot for awhile to "shock" you body. This Discovery Health Web page author recommends jumping at 120 to 135 beats per minute.
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