Just wondering how long a person should jump rope.
I've read in some places that it's best to jump rope for 3-5 minute intervals and get a 1 minute break in between.
I've read in other places that you should jump rope for 15 to 20 minutes straight.
I've read somewhere else that you never want to jump rope for more than 10 minutes straight.
The main question I have is: Is it safe to jump rope for 10-20 minutes straight? Of course, I'm assuming the person is in proper condition; I realize that a beginner will not be able to safely jump rope for that long.
I think jump roping until you trip, your calves get tired, or your heart/lungs get tired is safe. There are very few health risks to jump roping:
1. It is possible that you could injure your ankle joints from excessive jumping, but the damage here is insignificant and is way less than the joint shock from running.
2. If you over train yourself to the EXTREME, you could push your heart past its maximum beats per minute and you could go into cardiac arrest.
I jump rope a lot and its only helped me, so I don't see how it could hurt you.