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Jump Roping: A Cheap Portable Way to Be Fit

I can remember moving into my first apartment as a young man on a very chilly and snowy day. Quite the fit young fellow back then I needed to get my daily fitness workout in, but the cold and snow would not allow me to get to the track to run.

Trying to figure out what I could do to not miss a day jump roping quickly came to mind. I bought it for less than $20, but like most exercise equipment we buy, we use it a few times and throw it in the closet.

Going through boxes, digging in crates, and looking in my underwear drawer I found my jump rope neatly wrapped under some boxers. How and why it was there I have no idea, but I was in there like swimwear (No pun intended lol) ready to get my workout in.

Jump roping can be used as a great way to burn calories.

You get a great cardiovascular workout and you work some of those tiny muscles in the lower legs, hips, and thighs. It also strengthens muscles in the upper body and very important your balance and core.

Don’t believe me…a 15-20 minute workout will whip you pretty good depending on your intensity. You would have to run an eight-minute mile to work off more calories than you would burn jumping rope.

…And my fastest mile ever is around 6m30s, so that sounds pretty darn good to me!

Jump roping can be done as one of the most efficient ways of improving cardiovascular fitness in as little as ten minutes. It’s simple to do, but complex in how it improves multiple functions of the body.

It’s ideal for brain exercise, strengthening bones, and as I stated earlier improving your balance.

Research has shown that jump roping for a minimum of five minutes a day can improve physical fitness and 10 minutes at 120 RPMS (Rotations per minute) can provide the same benefits as:

  • 18 holes of golf
  • 30 minutes jogging
  • 2 sets of tennis
  • Swimming
  • 30 minutes of handball or racquet.

It has also been linked to improving spacial awareness, reading skill, a better memory, and mental alertness. You really do work the mind while jumping rope because the body is not in its natural state with being on the balls of your feet.

You have to focus the body and mind to compensate for the imbalances created from the constant jumping. This improves your balance, coordination, focus, reflexes, and endurance.

It also reduces some of the stress and strain other more intense workout might cause like running or doing plyometrics.

It’s a great way to warm-up or a complete workout to improve overall health and fitness. Many athletes use this form of exercise for warm ups or great workouts.

Jump roping is simple to learn, can be performed by all ages, is low impact high intensity, and can be used as a perfect building block to make some positive changes in your overall health if done consistently.

Get out there and jump yourself fit!