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Jump Rope Exercise
With an iron deficiency & a heart rate (resting) of approximately 82 is it safe to start jumping rope for exercise/getting fit? Harmful or beneficial?
Listen to your body: If you do a gentle pretend jump roping, like skipping rope, slowly, you will get good movement that will stimulate blood flow in even 30 seconds. That should increase circulation to your entire body. Doing this every 30 minutes while awake and gradually increasing the duration will be very beneficial to you as you are correcting your iron deficiency. In less than a month you will be stronger. ...Read more
Which is a better way to jumprope for a cardiac exercise: jump rope on my toes or keep my feet flat?
Balls of your feet: You use the calves more and get a better workout using the balls of your feet. If you try to jump rope flat footed, it can put too much of a pounding on the heel. This can lead to plantar fascitis, calcaneal stress fracture, or bruising of the calcaneus(heel). The key to jumping rope is to wear good supportive shoes that can absorb the pounding from jumping rope. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes, add more slowly: Jump rope is very good cardiovascular exercise. Add one minute once a week to the jumping rope, then add two minutes a week once you get to 20, work your way up to 30 minutes a day. Numerous studies have shown that 30 minutes of cardiovascular exercise per day is a minimum goal. ...Read more
Running or Rope: Depends. Both are great cardiovascular workouts. Intensity always plays a factor. Jump rope might cause harmful impact on joints. Try to jump rope on a softer surface. ...Read more
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