I used to jump rope a lot for exercise, but I haven’t for a while, and I’d like to start again. But I’ve heard that it may not be advisable for older adults. I’m 62 and I still run regularly, but I like to mix up my workouts. It’s heartening to hear that you want to get back into a workout program like jumping rope, despite people advising you against it! That said, it’s also advisable to get a medical clearance for the same, and if you do not have any medical or orthopaedic issues, you could jump rope. It’s a great cardiovascular workout and also improves balance and coordination components. Since it is a high impact workout, easing your way and exercising with caution is advised. Start at relatively lower intensities (avoid jumping high at high speeds) and for very short durations in the initial stages. Once your body adapts, you can gradually increase the duration and frequency. Given that you run regularly, your body is used to high impact forces, and you should be able to jump rope pretty easily. You might want to perform the movement on surfaces like grass or suspended flooring so that it is less stressful on your joints. You can mix up your routine with jump rope circuits on days you are not running, or you can jump rope as a warm-up before a run. Include foam rolling and stretching into your workout regimen to produce better movement quality and also minimize risk of injury.