This is probably an overanalysis of just jumping rope lol, but I’ll chime in because I just started doing it again two days ago for the same reasons as you. What I usually do is just man up and bust out as much as I can and keep with it. However, this time I’m starting light so that I don’t get joint problems from it lol. People recommend jumping rope on grass but I have trouble doing that.
my plan is:
2 days ago: ~10 mins, just focusing on trying to get 100 skips in a row without tripping. This was sadly tough because of how out of condition I am. Also doing this on a slanted driveway is tougher as my calves got a deeper stretch at the bottom.
today: go for 10 sets of 100, resting about a minute in between sets
From there on I’ll play it by ear and just increase the number of sets I do, reducing the rest periods, and adding in single leg jumps. It’s obviously not a big deal but I’ve had bad joint pain from doing too much too soon on this. For this to be very effective from a cardiovascular standpoint you have to first build proficiency/stamina in the activity. let me know how it goes