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I'm trying to get some cardio in what little spare time I have these days and I thought jump rope would be a good option but a few weeks after I started doing it regularly (i.e. 2 or 3 minutes everyday, no rest days because, c'mon, 2 or 3 minutes) my right knee started to ache. I decided to stop while it got better, which took about a week, and then gave another two weeks of not jumping for insurance. I started again last week with a very mild workout. About 30 consecutive seconds each day, while taking a day off between. I went a little harder yesterday, with two 1 minute intervals seperated by several hours. Felt fine. Now I was just going at it again and about the 40 second mark, my knee started to get twinges. Not real pain, just an odd feeling but I figured better safe.
So I'm calling on anyone with experience in jumping rope to ensure that I am doing the exercise properly. Here's the run down.
I'm 5ft 7in about 160lbs. I don't have an extreme amount of fat but it isn't like you can't find any by grabbing at my stomach. So a good amount of dead weight.
I jump in my room, which is carpet that's rather flat given twenty years of use.
I jump only high enough to get the rope under me and I am on the balls of my feet the entire time.
I am barefoot; no shoes, no socks.
Before the pain, I jumped mostly with my legs entirely straight, no bend in my knees. Now I make an effort to make sure my knees are bent a bit, figuring that would help.
I don't go very fast now, although I did manage a decent pace before the pain started.
I tend to stretch after, not before.
No history of knee pain but had back issues in the past and recent niggling groin injury.
I have very flat feet.
Is there anything glaring that I'm doing wrong that could be causing this?