Jumping rope? Isn’t that for boxers — and, um…little girls? Well, believe it or not the simple act of jumping rope can do more for you overall than the same time spent jogging.
Jumping rope is also easy to do anywhere. A jump rope slipped in your backpack or bag can be brought along with you anywhere.
Pick a nice, flat surface to jump on like a gym mat or concrete floor. Something that gives a bit will be more comfortable.
It’s not just your heart, lungs and muscles that get a benefit from using the jump rope. Your brain and nervous system will also reap rewards. The jump rope is good for your calves and ankle joints, along with your knees and thighs. It will improve your coordination balance, speed and eye-hand coordination. Jumping rope is an excellent calorie burner.
The action of spinning the rope gives your shoulders and arms a great work out along with your core, those muscles around your waist. Jumping rope is great for your heart and lungs. Your cardiovascular system will improve over time.The jump rope workout helps you get and stay in great shape for years to come and just about anyone can do it at their own pace.
Top Benefits of Jumping Rope
- Improves Coordination
Jumping rope actually improves your coordination by making your brain aware of what your feet are actually doing. Practicing over and over again, can make you lighter on your feet.
- Decreases Foot and Ankle Injuries
Jumping rope is beneficial for those active in other sports. For many athletes it helps improve your foot coordination but also increases your strength in the muscles surrounding your ankle joint and in your foot, decrease the chance of injury to those areas. According to the Jump Rope Institute, “jumping rope teaches players to stay on the balls of their feet, as opposed to being flat footed or on their heels.
- Burns Major Calories
30 minutes of jjumping rope actually burns more calories than jogging. Ten minutes of jumping rope can roughly be considered the equivalent of running an eight-minute mile.
- Completely Portable and Fun
A jump rope can go anywhere with you. Take it to work, take it to school and take it to the gym. Warm up before any athletic event or cool down after a work out. Learning to do tricks and double dutch can even help develop more coordination.
- Improves Bone Density
According to The New York Times, “in studies in Japan, having mice jump up and land 40 times during a week increased their bone density significantly after 24 weeks, a gain they maintained by hopping up and down only about 20 or 30 times each week after that.”
- Improves Cardiovascular Health
According to the American College of Sports Medicine, skipping rope is highly recommended for aerobic conditioning. In order to increase your heart and lung health you must do it three to five times per week for 12 to 20 minutes at a time.
- Improved Breathing Efficiency
In addition to improved heart health and stamina, jumping rope also improves how efficiently you breathe. This becomes very beneficial when doing other strenuous activities.
- Makes You Smarter
Believe it or not, Jumping on the balls of your feet requires your body and mind to make neural muscular adjustments to imbalances created from continuous jumping. As a result jumping improves dynamic balance and coordination, reflexes, bone density and muscular endurance.
- Improves Your Ability to Stay Calm
Because you are actually working your brain and your body at the same time, boxers in the ring who jump rope actually are more calm overall than those who don’t. Your improved ability to jump rope and be synchronous with your body, mind and the rope, can actually help you be more calm in other situations.
Get a jump rope today and be amazed by the different ways your body and mind will benefit.