Hey! I just joined and think I have an answer for you! If your body is not used to high-impact aerobics, like jumping rope or running, you are definitely at risk of injuring yourself. A few months ago, I got a new workout video that was much more high impact than I was used to, and was very similar to jumping rope/running in place. I started doing it religiously, thinking it would speed up fat burning, and I felt that exact pain (like it was in between my shin bone and calf muscle) whenever I did it. I ignored the pain, until it was so bad I couldnt climb up and down stairs without wincing. Finally, I went to a doctor, and it turns out I DID have shin splints, or tibial stress fractures, to be clinical. I wasnt allowed to do any aerobic exercise for 8 weeks. What caused the injury was doing too much too soon. Oh sure, one day you'll be able to jump rope for as long as you like, but you need to ease your body into it to make sure you can slowly build the muscles you need to support your shins. So I recommend you do your regular cardio, and slowly add on high impact. I just started doing that video that injured me again, but instead of doing the full video (60 minutes) 6 days a week, I'm doing 10 minutes twice a week until I feel I'm ready for more. When I start jumping rope, I plan on doing my regular med-impact cardio, plus 1 minute of jumping rope, until I'm ready for 2 minutes, then 3...etc.
It may also be one or more other factors as well...Is your footwear the wrong type of footwear, or is it too worn? Are you making sure you warm up and cool down properly? And do you know the proper form for jumping rope? Landing too hard will put shock on your shins and will certainly cause yo pain. It may be beneficial to start by jumping rope without a rope first, which is a little easier and useful to get you body prepared for the real thing.
Good luck, and I hope some of this helps!
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