Jumping rope just got a lot more exciting for tens of thousands of California elementary school students. On February 1st, a coordinated effort by the California Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance and over 2,000 schools challenged a Guinness World Record for jump-roping. Over 85,000 people jumped rope simultaneously in the same 10-minute span.
Students who had been practicing for months were excited for the challenge and did put forth a great effort. The real payoff, however, won’t be a place in the record books. With childhood obesity continuing to be a major problem, developing positive excercise habits at a young age is key.