5 Reasons Why You Should Be Jumping Rope

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Jun 09

When you think of jumping rope your mind may immediately go to P.E. class with a beaded rope and 20 other 10 year olds jumping alongside you.  Or, you may remember jumping rope in your driveway until the sun went down and you had to go inside for dinner.  We’re right there with you.

But if you haven’t picked up a jump rope since you were little, here are 5 reasons why jumping rope is one of the best exercise out there.  

Jumping Rope Burns Tons of Calories

There are very few exercises that burn calories like jumping rope.  Your body can burn anywhere from 800 to 1,000 calories in an hour if you are jumping around repeatedly.  To compare, when you walk for an hour you only burn 200 to 300 calories.  According to Science Daily, skipping rope for 10 minutes is around the equivalent to running an 8-minute-mile.  

It’s Relaxing

Not only does jumping rope make you feel like a kid again, but your body releases endorphins, those feel-good pain relievers that work to relax you and give you a solid sense of well-being.  Up the ante and breathe deeply while you jump to clear your mind, give you a boost of energy and sharpen your focus.  

Before you start jumping, make sure you take a few minutes to do some warm-up stretches to avoid injury. Try these 5 great stretches while you warm-up.

It Makes Your Heart Happy

Get your heart rate up and increase your cardiovascular fitness by jumping rope.  It will put your heart and lungs to work to supply oxygen to working muscles.  

It Helps You Find Balance

Increase your coordination and balance by jumping rope which will help you excel in other exercises or sports and keep you healthier.  

It’s Portable.

Are you travelling a lot or simply just do not feel like hitting the gym today?  You can jump rope anywhere—anywhere!  Keep your jump rope in your house or toss it into your suitcase or bag when you want to fit in a quick workout wherever you may be.  

In need of a jump rope refresher?  It’s a skill like riding a bike—you can pick it up quickly with a little dedication.  If it’s been awhile, here are some good tips to learn to jump rope like a pro.  

Trying to stay healthy and fit this summer?  Try our substitution guide to whip up some healthy recipes.  Now you can make simple ingredient substitutions to create healthy recipes that won’t sacrifice taste.  


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