Health Tip: Jumping Rope for Exercise

(HealthDay News) -- Jumping rope is no longer just for 6-year-old girls. Experts say it's a great way to exercise your heart, and it can improve eye-hand-foot coordination.

The American Council on Exercise offers these suggestions for jump ropers who are just starting out:

  • Keep a light grip on the handles.

  • Hold your elbows close to your body and keep your shoulders relaxed.

  • Keep your knees slightly bent.

  • Use your wrist to turn the rope and create a smooth arc in the rope as it swings over your head.

  • Maintain good posture with your head up and back straight.

  • Don't jump too high. This will help reduce impact on knees and ankles.

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