Although jump ropes remind me of my sister and her friends decades ago, I’ve found jumping rope to be an absolutely fantastic way to exercise. It burns lots of calories, tones most of your body, and definitely improves balance and agility even in klutzes like me. No special equipment is required, almost anyone can do it, and it’s easy to do while traveling, a particularly challenging time to exercise.
I started when my daughters asked me to jump rope with them, and had a blast and a great workout, but found a little girls jump rope to be a bit short and tough to use. I graduated to a two dollar piece of rope from the hardware store which worked absolutely fine. I used it for about six months and it accompanied me on many business trips and helped me stay fit, or at least not get too out of shape.
I graduated to two different “professional” jump ropes from a sporting goods store. At about twenty dollars, they are a bargain and will probably last a lifetime. Having actual handles to hold onto instead of just rope ends is nice. One is a regular jump rope like my sister had and my daughters have, although longer as designed for an adult. The other is a slightly weighted jump rope that gives me a more intense workout.
When you start jumping rope, it might even take you a while to work up to ten minutes! I usually jump for 20-30 minutes and it’s a pretty intense workout. It’s my standard travel exercise, one I do during my frequent business travel as well as at home occasionally. It’s a great medium impact exercise, and it might just be a perfect exercise for you.