Also try a "boxers stance" when jumping. You kind of alternate feet when landing (not completely like jumping on one foot but land once with more weight on the left foot then with the right alternating each time). Like Rocky.
Thanks - there are a couple of things there that might help. I'm probably wearing the wrong shoes, I was just using my running shoes (which is probably an abuse of those... and not helpful) and I could work on landing less like an elephant.
I started learning to jump in early December after reading about what a potent exercise it is. I've been surprised about how long it is taking me to get it down. I've improved a lot, I'm now getting my heart rate up into the 75-80% range by the end of 20 minutes at it, but I still trip up a lot. I just start again right away. So, I've been being patient with my progress. I'd read that most adults give it up because it's so hard, but I'm determined to stick with it.
Anyway, about your question: do you wear cross-trainers? I found a pair of Nike's that have gel in the ball of the foot that have been a big help with my foot comfort. Also, I read somewhere that one should be trying to land relatively gently, as though you were jumping on a sheet of glass. And, that experienced jumpers don't jump very high - you only need to clear the rope. These are the things that make it a relatively low-impact activity.
I hope these ideas help you out! Hang in there! I'm loving the definition and strength I'm noticing in my legs.
I've just started jumping rope (well, again, if you count 2nd grade), and I'm having problems with my feet cramping up. Does anyone else have this problem or any suggestions of solutions or after-care?
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