Monday, January 30, 2012

Getting Jumping Rope!!

         Today in EDU 255 was a super fun but a sweaty day!! For basically the whole class we got to use jump ropes! This was really fun because I hadn’t actually played around with a jump rope in a while!  At first we just warmed up and used them however we were most comfortable. Then Professor Yang challenged us to try a different way than we originally were. Eventually we were moving forward, backward, sideways, jumping low and high. This made it interesting but was a fun challenge. After we got longer jump ropes and were in groups of 3 or 4. We were asked to make a small routine to Beyonce’s “Move Your Body” (which is a great song!!). Some of the groups came up with some pretty cool routines! This was really fun and forced us to work together and be creative and may I add got your blood pumping.
            After class I looked up a little bit on jump roping and it surprised me how good it can be for you! I was reading that jumping rope doesn’t just increase your heart rate for some good cardio work but it also strengthens bones, muscles and even improves your balance. This seems like a great activity for physical education teachers to have in some of their lesson. It’s a very inexpensive way to let the students have fun and be active. Jump roping seems like it could be used as a different way to get the kids warmed up or you could even do enough creative things with it to use it as a whole lesson!

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