An affordable and compact piece of exercise equipment, the jump rope is a perfect staple for any home gym or gym bag. This small but mighty pick can completely transform your workout. That’s why we sat down with the jump rope queen herself,psychologist and fitness trainer Dr. Janine Delaney, known for her sculpted physique and impressive jump rope moves on Instagram, to learn more about the sport and what to look for when choosing the ultimate jump rope.
“Jumping rope is a great way to lose weight and burn fat and calories while having fun,” Delaney says. “Most people think of jumping rope as a sport for children, but it has many benefits for adults as well, especially for individuals over the age of 40.” Delaney herself actually started jumping rope at the age of 43, mainly because she wasn’t a fan of running and was looking for another form of cardio.
When it comes to the benefits of jumping rope, the advantages are vast. “Jumping rope increases your natural endorphins, which puts you in a good mood and increases your energy and libido,” Delaney says. “What most people don’t realize is that jumping rope will actually burn more fat and calories than running, swimming, or biking. It not only puts your cardiovascular system to use, but also helps to build muscle strength, improve coordination, and even boost metabolism.”
Delaney says that you don’t have to be athletic or coordinated to start jumping rope, but adds that making sure your rope is sized correctly to your height is critical as well as maintaining proper form and a little practice. If you’re a jump rope beginner, Delaney offers these important tips:
- Arm positioning: Keep your chest up, core engaged, and arms close to your body. If your arms are too wide, it will shorten the length of the rope and you’ll likely trip.
- Utilize your wrists: Jumping rope is all about recruiting your wrists to do the work instead of moving your arms.
- Keep your head up: Jumping rope is about timing, and if you look down and wait for the rope to pass you then you’ll likely trip. A better approach is to look straight ahead and jump as the rope crosses your line of sight, which will guarantee better rhythm as you skip.
- Take a video of yourself: Practice makes perfect, and just a little bit of practice each and every day will help you get better and better. Watch YouTube videos of tutorials to help you visualize the proper movement, and take a video of yourself to check your form.
- Properly size your rope: To size your rope, stand on the middle of the rope with one foot and bring both handles up to your shoulders. The rope should come up to your shoulders, no higher and no lower. Make sure to buy a rope that you can either cut to your size or one that comes according to height.
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Hospitals in and around Kansas City, Missouri, are overwhelmed amid a troubling spike in COVID-19 cases that has forced some facilitates to refuse non-emergency care and others to turn away ambulances due to over-occupancy.
Average daily COVID-19 hospitalizations were up about 10% this week across the Kansas City region as the Midwest grapples with record-breaking daily infection rates and intensive care unit bed shortages, according to the Mid-America Regional Council’s dashboard.
Earlier this week, the Kansas City metro area saw its highest number of new COVID-19 hospitalizations on record with the seven-day average rising to about 133. Separately, hospitals in the area reported a 28% increase in the average number of patients on ventilators, week-over-week, while daily ICU occupancy rose about 11% from last week, according to the dashboard.
All in all, total weekly hospitalizations jumped to 867, compared to 835 last week, pushing several area hospitals to refuse ambulances due to lack of beds.
Marc Larsen, operations director of Saint Luke’s COVID Response Team, the second-largest care provider in the region, said Kansas City area hospitals are “bursting at the seams.”
Hospitals being ‘pushed to the brink’
Saint Luke’s daily patient average rose to about 85 for the month of October, compared to about 63 per day in September, Larsen said. The system reported a daily patient average of only about 15 COVID-19 patients a day in May and June.
“The current trajectory and the rapid increase in infections is a big concern for me,” Larsen told ABC News in an interview Friday. “And with our numbers where they are coming into influenza season, I worry that the facilities will continue to be pushed to the brink on our ability to care for each and every single one of these patients like we need to.”
He added, “As a result, our emergency departments and having to leverage alternative care units in our facilities, meaning that we wind up seeing emergency department patients in our pre-anesthesia care units, recovery rooms and sometimes in waiting rooms.”
Larsen, who is also an emergency care physician at the downtown Kansas City hospital, said at least eight metro hospitals and emergency departments had to temporarily stop accepting ambulances due to the high volume of patients on Tuesday and Wednesday.
“We had eight facilities at one given time that were on ‘diversion,’ or what we call high-volume status,” he said. “That doesn’t mean that we don’t still take the time-critical diagnoses — we still take our stroke patients, our trauma patients and our heart attack patients — but it does limit our ability to provide care to the remainder of ambulances.”
“When we get to that volume and when we get to that