I strongly believe that everybody should learn to jump rope. There are countless health benefits and it enhances balance and coordination. Jump rope is an activity for everyone. For beginners, the processing involved in timing the jump and figuring out how to turn the rope is priceless, For more advance jumpers, there are numerous available tricks and challenges to keep the activity fresh. Finally, all you need is a rope, and you don’t necessarily have to purchase one. There are creative ways to create your own rope whether it’s a piece of old clothesline, a bathrobe belt, or a bunch of old shirts braided together. You can also present the following S.T.E.A.M challenge to encourage kids to make their own jump rope using materials around the house.
Click CREATE YOUR OWN JUMP ROPE for a copy of the S.T.E.A.M challenge.
What are the JUMP! Into Spring goals?
This challenge has multiple goals. The first is to improve cardiovascular endurance. Secondly, jumping rope improves dynamic balance and coordination, reflexes, bone density, and muscular endurance.
Choose a level that’s comfortable yet challenging for you:
Level 1 – Perform the number of jumps listed each day followed by the 1-minute speed rope challenge.
Level 2 – Double the number of jumps listed each day followed by the 1-minute speed rope challenge.
Level 3 – Triple the number of jumps listed each day followed by the 1-minute speed rope challenge.
The 1-minute Speed Rope Challenge
Count how many times you can successfully jump your rope in one minute. Jumps do not need to be consecutive. Calculate your daily total on the calendar.
What if I don’t have a jump rope?
No problem at all! Simply perform the challenge by jumping with an invisible rope. Pretend to turn the rope as you jump.
What if I can’t jump rope?
Each of us is at a different level when it comes to jumping rope. Try to perform the minimum number of jumps each day with the rope. For the 1-minute challenge, stretch the rope out on the ground. Count how many times you can jump back and forth over the rope in one minute.
Complete the Jump! Into Spring fitness challenge for 30 days. Track your improvement.
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Strength training for adults and kids is paramount to any workout program. Whether your goals are to improve your posture, balance, core strength, or simply strengthen your upper body, the one exercise that will help is the push-up
Traditionally, each one of my classes will usually have a few students who are push-up masters. They’re often the students who are gymnasts, study a martial art form, or they’re just extremely active and possibly practice push-ups at home.
However, many students (and many adults) simply haven’t developed the necessary muscle strength to fulfill a proper push-up, and this is fine. After all, we can’t teach them to run before they can walk. There are several simple exercises that can assist kids and adults in developing their strength, allowing them to eventually perform a perfect traditional push-up.
This Build a Better Push-Up challenge serves as a tool for students to develop the necessary strength to complete one, even several push-ups with precise form.
The challenge includes a link to a video tutorial for each of the nine exercises.
I think you and your family will enjoy our newest creation called SIX in a ROW!
The object of the game is to be the first player to place six-game chips in a row or diagonally by completing either a fitness task or by competing against another player when landing on a challenge icon! What’s a challenge icon?
See the detailed directions below! Also included are game chips. Simply print out the page and cut out the pieces. What a great way to work on fine motor skills! BINGO chips work as well.