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Health Tip: Jump Rope for Fitness

-- If you're tired of the gym, going for a run, or home exercise equipment, you may want to opt for jumping rope.

The American Council on Exercise suggests these tips to help you enjoy a safe, fun workout by jumping rope:

  • Keep a firm but gentle grip on the handles at the end of the rope.
  • Tuck your elbows in near your body, and relax your shoulders.
  • Slightly bend your knees, and use your wrist to swing the rope in a smooth arc over your head.
  • Keep your head up and your back straight as you jump. Don't curve your back forward.
  • Don't jump too high, which can adversely affect your ankles and knees.
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Posted: April 2009