We are not made for the normal everyday life most of live.
We are built to use our bodies in a more demanding way than sitting in front of a computer and driving a car.
When you are young you can get away with it since your body and muscles are easily maintained but as we get older, we become heavier and the muscles become weaker.
Even if you are active and a good running, with age you will slow down due to many reasons but one main factor is that your ankles and calves loose strength.
“It´s a running fact of life: Runners get slower as they get older. But a new report suggests that strengthening the ankles and calves could help aging runners stave off the slowdown. “
This can be fixed with a simple rope skipping exercise that you can do at home on a limited space.
Jump rope activities that are done regularly improves one´s aerobic endurance, coordination, balance and lower leg strength in a very efficient way. And it is very much fun too.
In 10 minutes at home, a jump rope session can burn 100-140 calories.
Above you can easily tell what muscles are used when jumping rope.
To the left you see what muscles are used during the propulsion. We are talking about
Soleus, Gastrocnemius, Hamstrings, Gluteus maximus, Latissimus dorsi, Serratus anterior, External oblique, Rectus abdominis and Quadriceps. To the right you can see what muscles are used during the airborne stages of the jump. We are talking about Soleus, Gastrocnemius, Wrist extensor, Brachioradialis, Biceps, Triceps brachii, Deltoid and Trapezius.
So get on with it and find yourself a good rope and start jumping. If you jump 3 or more times per week, 10 minutes per session, within two weeks you will feel the improvement of power, speed, coordination, and stamina. The active time will then be 1 hour and you will have learned the basics of rope skipping. The learning curve is very steep, and you benefit from a massive return on invested time and effort.
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