Besides being inexpensive, portable, and fun, here’s a list of benefits for our kiddos on and off the spectrum:
If those sound eerily familiar from my post on horseback riding, you have fabulous recall, because they are the same exact ones.
Plus, there are some other perks that Double Dutch along with jumping rope, including increased bone density and improved flexibility. Often performed to the beat of music, jumping develops rhythm and timing skills. And at the competitive level, dance and gymnastics moves add to the fray, increasing the ability of the jumper to look like a boss.
And here are a few fancy terms for your Sunday crossword puzzle. All of these get a boost with jumping:
Maybe you’re wondering why the post about skipping to my lou? This month’s project is to raise money to send a kiddo with Autism to jump rope after school, November through May, with the world champ Bouncing Bulldogs. And if you want to throw on your superhero cape and pop a fiver in the kitty, hop on over here.
According to the Jump Rope Institute, jumping is an ideal brain exercise, helping to “develop the left and right hemispheres of the brain, to further improve spatial awareness and reading skills, and increase memory and mental alertness.” Whatttt?
Just think- if Rocky Balboa hadn’t boxed after all that rope jumping, he might have received the Nobel Prize for Physics by now! Yo! Adrienne!