~ John Cardwell, Music Teacher
The Lower School students have been working hard on their Jump Rope unit in PE class by performing different tricks on the single ropes, partner ropes, as well as Double Dutch. Not only is jumping rope a fun and exhilarating activity, it also has many amazing benefits. First, when you jump rope on the balls of your feet, your mind and body connect to make "neural muscular adjustments" to keep you balanced. Skipping rope improves your balance and quickness/coordination by making your mind focus on your feet for sustained periods of time, even if you're not conscious of it. Secondly, jumping rope increases bone density while preserving your joints since the impact of each jump is absorbed by both legs. Lastly, activities with both physical and mental demands (like slacklining, ballroom dancing or jumping rope) have higher impacts on cognitive functioning than exercise tasks alone (like the treadmill or stationary bike). Turns out the very best workouts for brain health involve coordination, rhythm, and strategy.
~ Ms. Thomas, PE Teacher