Jump Rope Routine
Sometimes the weather does not permit jogging exercise. Perhaps you do not want to miss your training program but you do not have a treadmill. If this is the case you might want to have a jump rope routine prepared for days when jogging is impossible. On bad days it is always better to stay in and work on another exercise program than it is to go out and chance an injury or illness.
A good jump rope routine can build endurance, speed, agility and coordination. As you know it is a standard training method for all boxers because of these reasons. Unfortunately, outside of the boxing gym there are few athletes that use jump ropes.
Learning to jump rope is at times frustrating and despite its obvious health benefits many people try it a few times and give up. It does take some coordination but many individuals give up too easily. The speed and agility you will receive with a well planned jump rope routine can vastly improve your jogging skills and endurance. Well coordinated and agile feet can also greatly reduce your chances of a fall during your jogging exercise program.
First find youself a quality rope at one of the local sporting goods stores. Some people prefer lightweight plastic ropes while others like the heavier leather models. That will all be a matter of personal preference.
When jumping rope it is best to do it on a shock absorbent surface like wood or a gym mat. You should also wear some good cushioned shoes. By doing these two things you will help eliminate to much unnecessary stress on your body during your workout.
If you have never jumped rope before, it will take a little practice to get the hang on it but you can master it in a short period. You need to develop some skill with the rope before you can actually start a rope jumping routine or program, so give yourself a little time. Start with just 30 second sessions. Once you can do this without having problems tripping over the rope then you can slowly increase your speed.
Once you are proficient with the rope you can start a jump rope routine with six 3 minute workouts with a 60 second rest between each session. As your endurance builds up you can also increase your speed. I know 3 minutes per session doesn't sound like long but once your speed is built up you will be surprised how tired you can become in that 3 minutes. Believe it or not a well done jump rope routine is very exhausting.
Once you have mastered the basics you will find there are a number of different techniques you can use with your jump rope. This article is too short to go into this aspect of jumping rope, put you can easily find more information and instructions on the internet.
This article is not suggesting you use a jump rope routine or a treadmill to take the place of your jogging exercise program. I am just suggesting alternate workout methods when jogging is impossible or unwise. Also, you may be surprised how enjoyable it is to break up your routine at times. Many individuals stop jogging because it has become boring to them, when all they needed was a change of routine for a while to keep it interesting. This could be the occasional use of a treadmill or jump rope routine, or it could be as simple as changing your jogging route for a few weeks. Be sure and check out our article about all the health benefits jogging exercise has to help you lead a longer, healthier life.
One nice thing about a jump rope routine is that it doesn't break your bank account. You can buy a good quality jump rope for $25 or less. If you live in a small town you may have to order one, but it only takes a few days before you have it.
If you are interested in jogging be sure and read our information about all the health benefits jogging exercise can give you. We also have a wealth of other jogging related articles on our site.