Jumping Rope isn’t just for kids! Though, it’s an exercise adults often overlook. Jumping rope helps develop agility, coordination, balance and body awareness. Plus, it improves cardiovascular and muscular endurance. Current research indicates high impact activities, such as jumping rope, can help maintain or build healthy bones. Jumping rope also helps strengthen the arms and shoulders.
Another big plus is that the cost is minimal – a place to jump, a good rope properly sized for the jumper and a pair of supportive athletic shoes are all you need.
Although the origin of jumping rope is uncertain, many cultures practiced the game, with versions being known among Aboriginal cultures, China and Egypt. The first concrete evidence of jump rope activity is in medieval paintings where children roll hoops and jump rope down the cobblestone streets.
Jumping rope, in some form or another, spread through Europe and eventually to North America. Early Dutch settlers were some of the first jump ropers in America. As a result, one of the more popular jumping games is called “Double Dutch.”
In the early 1940s and 1950s, jump rope became tremendously popular among children, particularly in the inner cities where sidewalks were a perfect play area. In the 1970s, programs promoting jumping rope were developed to keep kids from other unhealthy activities. To make it enjoyable and entertaining for kids jump roping events were organized. The 2007 Disney Movie, Jump In!, added to its popularity among kids.