Think Thin Thursday ~ Life Line or Jump Rope, Same Difference

Real Estate Agent with Florida Supreme Realty SL514814

Sometimes I think that things are just better left alone. It's probably an age thing but I try to look at it mostly from a functional standpoint. The jump rope is a prime example of this. In the old days Mom would give us some of her leftover clothesline and we'd be out jumping. When you're a kid it didn't take any more than 8 feet of line to make that happen. Much different today!

People are having a hard time counting their jumps so a mechanical device now does that for you. The rope doesn't spin easily so we have to put ball bearings in the handles. Short jumpers and tall jumpers can't use the same rope so adjustable handles now shorten or lengthen the rope with ease in their little secret compartments. The ropes wear out faster the more you use 'em, DUH! You get the picture.


Even the lowly jump rope has to bend to progress.

Basically what used to be a free and easy way to get a little exercise has been monetized to the hilt. Imagine paying $170 for a jumprope "system", yeah, they're out there. Oh, it's beautiful, a marvel of technology, state of the art materials and a finish like a fine watch. This is utterly insane until you experience the smooth operation. You're going to want one!

Okay, back to the simple jump rope. Probably the best single aerobic exercise you can do for your heart, mind & body. Want an $80 jumprope, get it. $24, GET IT! $170, just buy the darn thing. I don't know if the results are measurable between the upgrades of one to another until the ropes start doing the jumping for you. The only thing I ask is that you have FUN doing it and DON'T DOUBLE JUMP.   

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Comments (8)

Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

what can I say other than WOW... I could watch that all day...well, several times anyway.... Kevin J. May 

Oct 25, 2018 05:23 AM
Kevin J. May

Jumping rope puts a little pep in your step, she's fabulous!

Oct 25, 2018 05:35 AM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Everyone has to try and uild a better mouse trap and all we end  up with is paying a higher price

Oct 25, 2018 05:47 AM
Kevin J. May

Haven't seen a mouse for a while William so those traps must be working well.

Oct 25, 2018 03:54 PM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

A good ole fashioned rope would be all that I would want or need to get in a good jump rope session!

Oct 25, 2018 08:39 AM
Kevin J. May

Yep, who needs all that fancy stuff, not me nor you Brian!

Oct 25, 2018 03:53 PM
Ginny Gorman
RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate - North Kingstown, RI
Homes for Sale in Southern RI and beyond

What else can be said, Kevin!  It is the cheapest & best activity for your heart & helping longevity.  Just do it!!

Oct 25, 2018 09:57 AM
Kevin J. May

You didn't mention its efficiency Ginny. You'll  find that 10 minutes of jump rope equates to a half hour of running. Those of us in a hurry can use that.

Oct 25, 2018 03:52 PM
Gwen Fowler-864-710-4518 SC * Mountain* Lake*Home
Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc - Walhalla, SC
Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc.

Fascinating to watch. I would probably end up in the ER if I tried it. 

Oct 25, 2018 10:22 AM
Kevin J. May

Any new physical activity begins with baby steps Gwen!

Oct 25, 2018 03:49 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Kevin- I have to admit that as a kid I loved trying to jump rope...try being the operable word. I am such a klutz that watching me jump rope was pitiful. I did like the hula hoop, though!

Oct 25, 2018 06:53 PM
Kevin J. May

At least Hula Hoops can still be had for just a couple of dollars and they're a pretty good core exercise n themselves.

Oct 26, 2018 01:28 AM
Candice A. Donofrio
I got rid of my Shoop Shoop pink hula hoop a few years ago because Luna was afraid of it! There are gals down in Havasu who are expert hoopers -- fire hoops are amazing!
Oct 26, 2018 12:53 PM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

Nope. Nope. I'm double jumpin!
And doing my own counting!
OCD is a gift! 😉

Oct 26, 2018 12:52 PM
Kevin J. May

You're not confusing "double jumping" with double unders are you?

Nov 01, 2018 09:51 AM
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

That's just how I use my jump rope too.... JK.  Incredible.  Is that the super duper rope or just a plain old rope I wonder?

Oct 31, 2018 02:15 PM
Kevin J. May

I don't doubt you Georgie! My guess would be it's a super light weight coated cable one with bearings in the handles. 

Nov 01, 2018 09:49 AM