Cardio – The Health Benefits of Jumping Rope
With money being tight in today’s economy and health clubs being so expensive and overcrowded, it’s reassuring to know there are fitness alternatives that won’t break the bank or swallow up too much of your time.
One inexpensive and effective way to work out is by jumping rope. Need convincing? Here are some of the many health benefits of jump roping!
Health benefits of jumping rope:
- It burns major calories – Once you’re competent enough to jump rope at a reasonable pace, you can burn up to 800 calories per hour. Of course, the faster you jump the more calories.
The key is to start out slowly and build up to a faster pace as you become more conditioned. Start off with a twenty-minute session and gradually work your way up to a thirty-minute session.
You can also alternate rope jumping with short periods of resistance exercise using hand weights for an even more effective workout. Spend five minutes rope jumping followed by five minutes of strength training with hand weights.
Alternate between the two exercises for thirty minutes and you’ll get a workout that will not only tone your muscles but keep your metabolism elevated for hours after you finish.
- It requires minimal equipment and space – One of the major benefits of jump roping has inexpensive it is. You can purchase an inexpensive jump rope for under $5.00 that will get the job done. Although you can buy more expensive jump ropes including weighted and speed ropes, these aren’t necessary, particularly in the beginning.
Avoid heavier ropes and weighted ropes until you become more proficient at jumping rope. A lightweight rope with plastic beads will be easier to work with if you’re just starting out. Avoid cloth jump ropes which are difficult to break in and won’t last as long.
- You can do it anywhere – One big advantage of rope jumping is its portability. When you go on vacation, toss your workout shoes and jump rope into the suitcase and you’re ready to work out anywhere you go. On a beautiful day, jump rope outside or even take your jump rope to the park for a pleasant diversion.
It’s a great alternative to a space-hogging treadmill or elliptical machine and you get a superior workout. Plus, you can jump rope whenever the mood strikes. No need to get in the car and drive to a gym and then wait in line for exercise equipment.
- It’ll make you more agile – Not only does rope jumping burn calories and fat, but it also tones the cardiovascular system and builds agility, coordination, and endurance.
Even though the first few days of jumping rope can be a challenge especially if you haven’t done it since childhood, you’ll be amazed at how much more agile you’ll become if you stick with it.
Once you master the art of rope jumping, no one will ever call you a klutz again. If you’ve been putting off getting into shape because you lack the time or money to join a gym, head down to your local sporting goods store and pick up a jump rope. You’ll quickly find out how fun and effective this workout can be.