6 Reasons Jumping Rope Is An Awesome Workout
Jumping rope is one the oldest forms of workout equipment, and also one of the most under utilized forms of workout equipment! We love jumping rope for an effective and efficient workout. It burns tons of calories in a short amount of time, without needing much equipment or even needing to put much thought into it! Just pick up a jump rope and start going, you can get a good workout in just a few minutes a couple times a week.
Below lists the top 6 reasons why jumping rope is an awesome workout:
Jumping rope is a great exercise to get your heart rate up quickly and it burns roughly 10 calories per minute (more or less depending on intensity) which is a solid way to burn calories quickly. Increase the burn by doing high intensity interval training with the jump rope by increasing the intensity for 30 seconds, then decreasing the intensity and speed for 60 seconds, alternating 10 times.
2. Builds strength
Not only is jumping rope a great cardio workout, it also works several of your major muscle groups including glutes, hamstrings, abs, and forearms. Muscle not only gives you a toned body, but it also is metabolically active tissue meaning you will burn significantly more calories at rest when you have more muscle.
3. You can do it anywhere
Literally anywhere. You can jump rope outside, in your garage, in the kitchen 😉 if you have space to stand then you should have space to jump rope. Being able to exercise anywhere, anytime, is one of the best things about jumping rope. No excuses now for not working out on vacation! Next time bring the jump rope.
4. Simple…but effective
Jumping rope is incredibly simple, no crazy maneuvers, you literally just move your wrists and take tiny jumps! Exercise doesn’t have to be complicated to get a good workout.
5. Full body exercise
As discussed above, jumping rope works your upper body, lower body, and midsection giving you a full body workout. Using your whole body during exercise is ideal because it saves time rather than having to work one muscle group at a time. Using more muscles at once is more effective and gives you the greatest bang for your workout buck.
Have a great workout!
About the author: Sarah-Kate Rems is an Ivy-league trained Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner licensed in California with an expertise in preventative healthcare. She considers nutrition and exercise to be the basis of well-being and is a strong advocate for daily physical activity and maintaining a healthy diet. Sarah-Kate is also a co-founder of The Mindful Tech Lab
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