Jump rope offers just enough difficulty for the competitive, and perhaps novelty for the uninitiated.
Even if the COVID-19 situation is better today than it was in 2021 or 2020, the changes that the pandemic brought to our daily routines may be with us permanently. Remote and hybrid work are becoming more common, and getting your comfort food via delivery continues to be the appealing weekend treat. (Because who wants to deal with traffic?)
Jump roping, or skipping, is a physical activity that became more popular during the ongoing pandemic. If you're not yet skipping, now is the time to do so.
Not only is it a great way to stay physically active and healthy, it can also be done easily at home or in a small outdoor space. And, all you'll need is a skip rope!
One of the main benefits of jump roping is that it provides a full-body workout. This means that it can help to improve cardiovascular health, increase muscle strength and endurance, and even boost coordination and balance.
In addition to its physical benefits, jump roping amid the pandemic allows for social distancing. It can also suit you if you prefer working out alone or with only a select few.
That’s why for individuals and celebrities like Rica Peralejo, jump rope can be more interesting when blasting your music along with it.
But did you know that a Filipino holds the record in jump rope?
In October, the Guinness World Record organization announced that Ryan Alonzo, also known as "Skipman," set a new record in the high-intensity activity of jump roping. Alonzo completed 3,731 consecutive crossovers, which involves crossing the arms in and out while skipping over the rope as it goes around the body. The previous record for this category was 2,405 consecutive crossovers, also held by Ryan himself.
If you're the competitive type, you can shoot for Ryan's record. Okay, maybe that's too ambitious. Aside from Ryan's crossovers, there is a long list of skipping tricks. Learning how to execute them will give you a feeling of achievement, or perhaps a cool video to upload on your own TikTok.
So stop reading this from your phone, get up and start jumping!