The lowly jump rope is making a comeback as a stellar fitness tool. Here are some of the many advantages of taking up jumping rope or skipping as part of your fitness program.
Your cardiovascular system includes your heart and the arteries and veins that bring blood and oxygen to and from your heart. By improving the efficiency of this system you increase your chances of being able to do your daily tasks without becoming breathless. Walking, biking, and jumping rope are the best ways to improve your cardiovascular system. Jumping rope strengthens your lungs and heart.
Jumping rope is a high intensity workout that burns about three hundred calories in half an hour. It is one of the most effective ways to lose weight. To lose one pound per week you need to burn 3500 calories. That’s seven hundred calories per day. Jumping rope for half an hour burns 300 calories. If you jump rope for thirty minutes each day and cut out 400 calories from your diet, you’ll lose a pound a week in the healthiest way.
A Healthy Lymphatic System
Your lymphatic system is your body’s sewer system, removing waste and toxins. Without a pump, it relies on your muscles to expand and contract. Jumping rope gets your muscles working effectively. The up and down motion of such exercises as skipping and trampoline is the best movement for your lymphatic system.
Skipping Provides a Full Body Workout
Jumping rope provides a brisk workout for your legs, your abs, your arms, your heart, and your mind. Skipping increases muscle strength, agility, speed, timing, balance, and rhythm. Skipping is not as high impact as walking, running or jogging so it is not as hard on your joints while still increasing bone density.
Jumping Rope Equipment is Portable
You need little equipment and small space. You can jump rope anywhere—indoors and outside. All you need is some overhead clearance.
Jumping Rope is an Inexpensive Exercise Tool
The equipment for jumping rope is inexpensive and readily available. You can buy a jump rope at any dollar or department store. You don’t need any fancy machines, heavy weights, or complicated equipment. You can tuck it into your backpack, purse, suitcase, or brief case. It doesn’t take up any room in your home gym.
Skipping is Fun!
Jumping rope for five minutes every so often is fast, easy and fun! Remember how ypu loved to skip as a youngster?
Skipping is Fast
It takes no time to set up equipment or get to the gym to skip. You can take a few minutes several times a day to skip. Things like taking a walk or going for a bike ride aren’t things you ca snatch a few moments here and there several times a day to do.
The Variations Keep it Interesting
There are all sorts of skipping variations once you have mastered straight skipping. The possibilities keep jumping rope always interesting.
For instance you could try: one hop, alternating jumps, one foot jumps, side straddles, front straddles, running in place, double under, the skiier, and the arms cross! Check out these possibilities!
Jump Rope has no Biases
Young, old, male, female, fit, just getting started…Almost everyone from three-year-olds to ninety-three-year-olds can skip. They may have to vary speed according to health and fitness levels but just about anyone can profit from skipping.
You Can Progress at your own Speed
You may be a slow skipper forever or you may start out quickly and get faster. No one has to keep up with anyone. You can increase your speed and how long you skip as you are comfortable doing so. You can skip alone or form a skipping group.