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Should You Jump Rope Barefoot

Jumping rope is a good way of exercising and losing calories. As kids, we didn't pay attention to how we were skipping. Many times we used to jump rope barefoot and on any type of surface. But now as adults, if you are skipping to lose weight and regularly as an exercise, you need to take certain measures to not get injured. In this article, we will cover if you should jump rope barefoot or not. 
 

Should a Beginner Jump Rope Barefoot

When using a weighted jump rope, you may feel that it is okay to jump barefoot. But if you are a beginner, it is advisable that you do the exercise with your shoes on before going all barefoot. In the beginning, you need to learn the proper form and techniques to prevent any injury. Once you have reached an intermediate level, you can go ahead and jump rope bare feet. 
 
As a beginner, you still do not know the strategies of jumping rope without hurting yourself. Also, you might not be experienced enough with your posture and about holding a jump rope correctly. So, it is best to take it slow and start jumping rope barefoot after you have practised a lot. Also make sure that when you start the exercise, try not to land on your heels. This will lead to injury.

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You Are Allowed to Jump Rope Barefoot

Yes, you are allowed to jump rope barefoot but only after you have understood the ways of skipping without getting injuries. It depends on an individual level of experience and skill. Once you feel comfortable and experienced enough, you can jump rope barefoot whenever you want.
 

Jump Rope Is Okay If You Are Not a Beginner

As it has already been established that you can jump barefoot if you are not a beginner let's look at the many benefits of jumping barefoot. As someone who is knowledgeable about how to jump with the correct posture, you can try to jump rope barefoot once in a while to get all the benefits.  

  • As we know our feet contain one-third of our body’s joints and 20 different muscles. This makes it important to maintain and strengthen these muscles. When we jump rope barefoot, we allow our feet and ankles to work hard and in the process, we strengthen them. This would have not been possible if we were wearing shoes as they would have supported the load. 

  • Jumping rope barefoot gives stability. We do not realize that our feet keep us grounded. Wearing shoes gives us the much-needed support that in return they have weakened the stabilizer muscles in our feet. Jumping barefoot, greatly helps to strengthen our feet and ankle’s stabilizer muscles which leads to stability and better balance. 

  • Jumping rope barefoot gives us mobility. Jumping rope barefoot helps in being lighter on the feet and being agile. The reason for this is that being on the balls of our feet helps to keep our energy chambered allowing for better movement and with great ease. When we jump rope barefoot, it helps to toughen those muscles needed to rise onto the balls of our feet which helps us in other forms of exercise too. 

Pay Attention to the Frequency of Skipping Each Week

The duration as to how much you are jumping also makes a huge difference. If you like to jump rope every day, then make sure to keep your workouts short and your intensity low. However, if you decide to work out two to three times a week, then you can surely go ahead. But no matter how many days you choose, don’t jump for too long thinking that it will give you fast results. Always remember to listen to your body and rest when needed to avoid any injuries. 
 

Surfaces Where You Can Jump Barefoot

As we know that skipping is a high-impact activity, it is best to jump rope barefoot on a rubber floor or mat. Using a mat or a rubber floor will lessen the impact on your body as a whole. It will also have less impact on your shins and feet too. It will be more comfortable to complete the entire jump rope routine on such surfaces. Try to do your exercise on soft surfaces and they will give the much-needed cushioning without hurting your feet. 

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Where Can’t We Skip Rope Barefoot

Jumping on hard surfaces like asphalt, wooden floors, or concrete is not at all recommended. It can lead to shin spleens and many long-term injuries to your joints, especially if you are not jumping in the proper form. Not only your foot but jumping on concrete surfaces might also wear out the rope pretty quickly.
 

Conclusion

We know that there are a number of ways to exercise and weighted jump ropes can really help you stay fit provided you are doing it right and not overdoing it. Being active and working out on a daily basis will keep you fit and healthy no matter what exercise you are doing or how you are doing it.

So, if you like working out barefoot you can go ahead and start doing so. But first, learn the techniques and understand your limitations. I personally like to work out barefoot but I also take all the necessary precautions to avoid injuries which could be a big setback to my fitness routine. So, workout wisely!

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