Jumping rope is not just a fun activity for children anymore. In fact, it is possible to get into shape by picking up this hobby, and adding it to your regular workout routine. Of course, using a typical kids' jump rope is not usually the best way to begin this activity for an adult. Instead, a professional jump rope is recommended, but there are a few types to choose from. Consider factors like comfort, smoothness, and your height before you decide on a professional jump rope to buy.
Plastic handles are not usually the best way to go when you seek comfort during a workout. Instead, look for ropes with handles that are softer and easy to grip, usually made of foam. Smooth wooden handles are also fine for many people. Many jump ropes now contain a ball bearing in the handle so that it swivels around with each spin of the rope, which many people also find comfortable.
It is important to have smooth movements for any workout, so that your joints are not abused while you exercise, and this also applies to jumping rope. A good professional jump rope should be known for its smoothness, and is typically referred to as weighted. This feature prevents the rope from flopping around, and having some weight in a professional jump rope can also help propel it forward; this is helpful when you are jumping at a high rate of speed. This is often one feature that sets it apart from a regular kids' jump ropes, which are usually made of vinyl that is not weighted.
Another aspect to consider when looking for a professional jump rope is the length of the rope. If you are a short person, buying one that is too long can make it difficult for you to properly get over the rope quickly each time it goes around, making your workout less effective than it should be. On the other hand, taller people need to buy a rope long enough to comfortably get around without feeling like their legs are barely going to make it over without tripping. There are adjustable ropes for this purpose, which fit people of many heights. Additionally, there are some ropes available that fit most very well, and are often referred to as junior versions of adult professional ropes.