You probably know by now that a quick workout with a jump rope can yield the same or better results than a longer workout on the treadmill. If you’re like me, you run out of ideas to keep your kids entertained by the end of any vacation period (heck, even the weekends sometimes). My daughter really, really likes to sit around all day and just watch TV, so when I can come up with an idea that gets her moving, I’m thrilled.
Unfortunately, I’m not too creative when it comes to that kind of thing, the parks are usually crowded, and my yard’s not that big. What does that leave? A jump rope, of course.
The problem with a jump rope, when it’s just my daughter and me at home, is that I can’t take a turn like she wants me to, nor can I hold one end, tie the other end to something else, and just let her jump while I handle the jump rope (it’s too short).
A weighted nine-foot jump rope for adults, however, is perfect. The length is longer, so tying it to something and still having enough room to let her jump shouldn’t be an issue. If I have one and she has one made for kids, we can jump rope together and it’s easier to for me to show her how to do it (she still doesnâ€™t quite have it down). It’s impossible for me to really demonstrate with one made for kids.
The weights inside the handles make it a better workout for me and will never affect her because she won’t be holding the handles. Both of us get to get off the couch.
Photo credit: Dick’s Sporting Goods