Best Health


- From Kaitlyn Simpson, performing circus artist and coach at the Jumpsation­s jump-rope club in Hamilton, Ont.


For novices, keeping your toes and your heels together as you jump—and landing with a bent knee— will make sure your joints and ligaments don’t end up where they shouldn’t. Hips face forward, right under your shoulders, and hands are as close to those hips as possible, with elbows tucked back.


Beginners tend to think they need to turn the rope with their whole arms, but after you get those initial revolution­s going, the work is all in the wrists. Shortening your rope a little will encourage you to keep your arms closer to your body, so the rotation can come from your wrists instead.


If you’re working on your coordinati­on, go ahead and jump a little higher: It’ll give you more time to get the rope under you before you land. But once you figure out your rhythm, you shouldn’t need to get more than an inch or two off the ground.

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