THE PERFECT EXERCISE: The Hop, Skip and Jump Way to Health by Curtis Mitchell

THE PERFECT EXERCISE: The Hop, Skip and Jump Way to Health

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Mitchell says, hippety-hoppety, get yourself a rope. Jumping rope is good for your muscles, your legs and your heart. Jumping rope, hippety-hoppety, is the best exercise there is. Even if you only do it for five minutes a day. Hippety-hoppety Dr. Kenneth Cooper, author of Aerobics, who invented a point scale to measure exercise effectiveness, rates rope-jumping as the equivalent of jogging a mile or skiing for a half hour. If your joints are feeling creaky, hippety-hoppety, use IT--that's Interval Training. Begin with 15-second bouts of skipping and gradually work yourself up to 500 (!) graceful leaps and pirouettes. ""Observe the principle of progressive overload""--that means jumping until you begin to pant. But first, give up smoking. Mitchell, as enthusiastic about his rope-jumping as Christopher Robin was about his, suggests that it will also take off ugly pounds and inches. If not, you can always use the rope to hang yourself.

Pub Date: March 1st, 1976
Publisher: Simon & Schuster