Benefits to Jumping Rope
When was the last time you jumped rope? A long time ago no doubt 🙂
What piece of exercise equipment sells for under $20, can be used by the whole family, and improves cardiovascular fitness while toning muscle at the same time? Yep…a jump rope!!
Jumping rope literally does it all. It works your legs, your abs, your arms, your heart, and your mind. It increases strength, agility, speed, timing and rhythm. Its medium impact increases bone density. It’s a cardio and strength training all in one. Jumping rope is also a great calorie burner. You’d have to run an eight-minute mile to work off more calories than you’d burn jumping rope for 15-20 minutes.
If you haven’t jumped rope since third grade it can be a humbling experience at first. Practice foot and arm movements separately until you get the hang of it. Hold both rope handles in one hand and swing the rope to develop a feel for the rhythm. Then..without using the rope.. practice jumping. I know…but you’ll see…it’s easier this way. Now…put the two together and jump rope 🙂
Check with your doctor or health care professional if you have any doubts about your ability to withstand the impact and high aerobic intensity of jumping rope.
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