Why it matters: Getting your heart pumping strengthens
your ticker, decreases your risk of developing cardiovascular
disease, releases endorphins and reduces stress.
Exercise: Jumping rope
Choose a soft or flexible surface to jump on, such as
carpeting or a wood floor. To find the right rope length, step
on the center of the rope and pull the ends up—the handles
should come up to your armpits. Keep your knees soft, spine
tall, abs pulled in and elbows by your waist. Gaze forward
and begin bouncing with both feet—you only need to come
up a couple of inches off the floor for the rope to pass under
your toes. Jump as long as you can, then jog in place to
recover before jumping again.
How to tell you’re improving: You’ll be able to jump for
longer periods and will need less time to recover. Aim for
three minutes of jumping and one minute of jogging in place.