A broken wrist led her to jumping rope.
"I was 8 years old and fell down in my room. Jumping rope was a great way to build up wrist strength," said Dayna Perrymond, a 15-year-old member of the Glory Girls competitive jump rope team at Girls Inc. in Columbus.
The team of girls will compete in the AAU Junior Olympics in Virginia in July and August.
Through the years, the Columbus High sophomore found other benefits to jumping rope.
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"It is a great workout for my entire body, especially my thighs and calves," she said.
The American Heart Association has long supported the activity for its cardiovascular benefits.
Perrymond throws the discus for her school's track team and said jumping rope has helped her be more proficient at that sport.
Both her balance and concentration have improved as she has progressed to doing a variety of jumping rope tricks.
While the wrist is the key to jumping rope, the arms and shoulders are strengthened.
"It is just a great way to keep in shape," Perrymond said.
Team coach Geniquiya Merideth agrees with her assessment.
"A lot of the girls pick up bad eating habits, which we try to address with our nutrition classes," Merideth said. "Jumping rope, which incorporates all parts of the body, really helps them stay fit."
She added jumping rope is not difficult for a beginner, be it an adult or child.
But Perrymond laughed and said, "it does help to have some coordination."
Jumping rope is something that can be done practically anywhere and the equipment is inexpensive.
"Make sure you get the right weight rope so you are challenged," Merideth said.
"Stretching before you start to jump is important," Perrymond said.
According to the Cardio Trek website, some benefits of jumping rope are a fantastic cardiovascular workout, weight loss, improved coordination, improved agility, improved muscle tone in the legs and lower body, increased heart and lung capacity and increased endurance.
Perrymond said shin splints can be a problem.
The Jump Rope Institute says jumping rope can help avoid knee damage, which may occur during running, since the impact of each jump or step is absorbed by both legs. It can decrease foot and ankle injuries by increasing the strength surrounding the ankle joint and in the foot.
Jumping rope helps in other sports, such as tennis, as it teaches players to stay on the balls of their feet rather than standing flat footer or on their heels.
The institute says the combination of an aerobic workout and coordination-building footwork has made jumping rope a popular form of exercise for athletes, especially boxers and wrestlers.
The BuiltLean website offers tips for beginning jump ropers.
They should jump on the balls of their feet, relax, don't jump too high, don't swing the arms and shoulders too much, use the correct rope length, keep the arms slightly above the waistline, and get in a rhythm.
She knows all the health benefits, but when asked what is the best reason to jump rope, Perrymond replied, "it's fun."