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10/12/12 1:30 A

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Thanks. I've been stretching more and stopping about 5 minutes sooner that I think I need to, and so far so good. :)

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10/6/12 4:51 P

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Welcome to jumping rope ALEXC1985! I do lots of calf stretching as well as calf strengthening exercises before and after jumping rope. It's worked well for me. On another thread on this team's pages, I posted a link to some exercises: www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_mes
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From this discussion it seems different people feel differently about this. For myself, I do calf raises to strengthen the calves, and always after jumping some calf stretches. Perhaps for you maybe starting small with jumping and conservatively add more time every few days or week or...I guess listen to your body, less is often more, and me, I would recommend some good calf stretching after jumping. Hope you have some pain-free fun.

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10/6/12 1:14 A

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Hey guys, I joined this group because a friend gave me a jump rope and since I've been trying to increase my endurance and lower body strength, I figured, why not try it?

I've been busy lately but today I was in the park with time to kill and my jump rope and I decided to see if I remembered how to do it (the last time I tried was when I was maybe 12). The good news is it seems to be almost like riding a bicycle. The bad news is despite being warmed up and stretching I was having so much fun I didn't realize that my shins and calves were aching until later. I really want to avoid pushing myself to the point of injury since I don't own a car and walk most places and can't always just "take it easy" while recovering. Is there something I should do to prevent knee/leg pain or muscle strain? Am i just doing too much too soon? Thanks! :)

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