Rope skipping; my way of staying fit
by Margaret Sitawa
June 3, 2019
Iâ€™m 27 now and my body works slower than it did when I was 18. Back then, I was afraid of getting to twenty because I thought I would be too old, I couldnâ€™t have been more wrong. I generally border towards a slim body type and I didnâ€™t have to do much in my teens to maintain my weight. In my late twenties though, I am finding that hard. I donâ€™t easily shed off the added weight like I used to. All I used to do was drink a liter of water before my meals and Iâ€™d be back to my normal weight in about 4 days. These days though, apart from that practiced routine, I need to add on an extra activity to stay fit. Luckily after numerous attempts, I found the best activity I can take part in and stay fit from the comfort of my home and that is rope skipping.
What you need to know before you start rope skipping
I started skipping rope two years ago and I find it enjoyable as well as invigorating. I always break a sweat when I skip rope and I feel that it caters to my desires of running or going to the gym. I have come to love it and I intend to keep it up well into old age but weâ€™ll see about that.
All you need to do is find a skipping rope, thatâ€™s all. They come in many colors and lengths so you have a number of options to choose from. However, you should find one that is a few inches from your height, that is if say your 5 7â€ť, a 5 9â€ť rope length is suitable for you. A rope thatâ€™s too long tends to be cumbersome and tiring in usage and may make the activity boring . In addition, you may end up getting fatigued too quickly. Also, a rope with tailor-made plastic handles is best; it keeps your grip on the rope strong. It should also be light too to make the whole process trouble-free.
Pros and cons
1. The first few days of rope skipping may seem strenuous but it gets better with time and youâ€™ll soon find yourself enjoying it. I skip rope every morning now but you can choose your own frequency depending on your flexibility and liking.
2. Space may be a problem. I skip inside the house, I have lots of space to do that but an outside yard or the park is appropriate too depending on what you prefer. The beauty of it is that it doesnâ€™t matter where you are as long as the location youâ€™re in is conducive and allows your rope to go around you comfortably. Still, if you prefer being at home and you feel your space is not enough, you may move your furniture or anything else that needs relocation to create the space you require.
3. Wear and tear. Just like all things, ropes lose their original strength. You need a high-quality rope in order to stay with it for a long time and also one that has its handles fastened well. In order to use it for some time too, avoid rough terrains which tend to destroy the outer coating of the rope quickly.
If you come to love skipping rope as I do, itâ€™ll keep you fit as it did me. So buy that rope and start skipping.