Working out with a jump rope can be a great way to get in shape, and it can be done virtually anywhere, indoors or outdoors. When selecting a jump rope to work out with, it is important to get one that is the proper size. For that reason, many people choose to purchase an adjustable jump rope to be sure that it is always the correct length.
When purchasing an adjustable jump rope, it is best to go to a sporting goods store, or to order one online that is specially designed for working out. Even though plastic jump ropes can be found in many stores, they are generally not a great idea for working out because they are not long enough for most adults, and because they are often too light to swing over the head. A sporting goods store is a good bet because you can often try out the adjustable jump rope before you buy.
An adjustable jump rope designed for working out should have a sturdy nylon or heavy plastic or rubber rope, and soft rubber or wooden handles that are easy to grip. You do not want the jump rope to go flying out of your hands while you are exercising. It should be heavy enough to easily swing over the top of the head, and all the way back around to the feet.
To determine the perfect length of jump rope for you, hold one end of the jump rope in each hand, and step on the bottom part of the jump rope on the floor. Pull the jump rope up until it is just under the armpits; it should not be above the shoulders or up near the collarbone. Adjust the length on the adjustable jump rope until it reaches this point on the body; this is the best length for a beginner to start a jump rope workout.
As you get more experienced and in better physical shape, you may choose to shorten the adjustable jump rope for a more challenging workout. Be sure that the jump rope is easy to adjust, but also that the length will change while it is being used, which could lead to an injury. It should be able to lock in place. Jumping rope can be a great cardiovascular workout that exercises muscles in the entire body; plus, an adjustable jump rope can fit easily into a bag or suitcase, and can be taken anywhere for exercise.