Jumping rope is fun and easy to do anywhere. It’s quite portable as it can fit easily into your purse, bag or back pocket which you can bring along on any trip, to school, work or done in the comfort of living room while you’re the kids — or watching TV. The benefits of jumping rope are several and take a look below to see if it draws you in:
- Improves Coordination: Jumping rope actually improves your feet and eye coordination by making you focus on your feet. Whether or not you are paying great attention to them, your brain is aware of what your feet action. This practice, over and over again, makes you “lighter” on your feet and quicker explosive moves. The more tricks you do with the jumping rope, the more conscious and coordinated you will be.
- Decreases Foot and Ankle Injuries: Did you know that ankle and foot injury are amount 80% of common injuries in the USA! When it comes to sports, it’s quite rare not to find anyone jumping rope as a form of exercise. Many athletes in boxing, MMA, basketball, football, Cross Training and other sports often suffer ankle and foot injuries from running and suddenly stopping, turning or pivoting. Jumping rope not only improves your foot coordination but also increases your overall strength in the muscles surrounding the ankle joint and in the feet which therefore reduces risk of injury. Jumping rope teaches players to stay on the balls of their feet, as opposed to being flat footed or on their heels. And since you’re mostly focusing on the toes the entire time, you will find that staying on your toes when playing ball will become easier and second nature. is also a great exercise for calvs.
- Burns Max Calories: Compared to walking or jogging for 40 minutes, skipping rope actually burns more calories. This aerobic exercise can achieve a “burn rate” of up to 1300 calories per hour of vigorous activity, with about 0.2 calories consumed per jump. Ten minutes of skipping rope can roughly be considered the equivalent of running a ten-minute mile, if you mix it in with high intensity exercise you will maximize your metabolic training.
- Portable and Fun: A jumping rope can go anywhere with you. Take it to school, park, or to work. Cool down after a bike ride or warm up before a basketball game, or a WOD. Learn to do tricks and double dutch with your children or have competitions between you and your friends — how long, how low you can jump, how high, spinning, double unders — different kinds of tricks can be done with a jumping rope.
- Improves Bone Density: It has been observed that the best exercise to improve bone density is simply jumping up and down. Jumping is great if your bones are strong enough to take the impact associated with the movement. If the doctor gives you a clearance when it comes to jumping rope, this could be used as a potential to further strengthen your bones!
- Improves Cardiovascular Health: Jumping rope is highly recommended for aerobic conditioning. In order to increase your lung and heart health, you must do it two to four times per week for 12 to 15 minutes at a time. Boxers mostly utilize this exercise to increase their lung power which makes them last longer than their opponents in a heated fight.
- Improved Breathing Efficiency: In addition to improved stamina and heart health, skipping rope improves how efficiently you breathe. This becomes immensely beneficial when doing other activities because you would not be as out of breath after running down the court or swimming laps in the pool.
Originally posted 2015-07-28 18:02:49.