When most people think of jumping rope, they probably think of kids playing around with jump ropes outside on the sidewalk. But the truth about jump ropes is that they can be an extremely beneficial addition to your workout when done properly. Jumping rope is a great cardio exercise that works multiple areas of your body simultaneously. It strengthens your arms, legs and core as well as improving your body balance and even strengthening your bones.
The most efficient exercises get you in shape by working your entire body and jumping rope does that by forcing your abs to contract in order to stabilize your entire body as it continuously jumps. This simple movement is truly a full body workout. Jumping rope is even more beneficial than riding a stationary bike or even fast-paced walking. It burns more calories as an overall workout and improves the cardiovascular system and muscle tone.
Specifically, the cardiovascular system is improved by jumping rope by increasing the heart rate which pumps blood throughout the arteries and veins. By establishing a strong and smooth blood flow, you gain more stamina and endurance. The effects will show in other parts of your life as well, having more energy, being more agile and not getting as tired as fast.
One of the greatest benefits of jumping rope is weight loss. There are 3500 calories in one pound and in order to cut the fat out of this pound, people usually diet and have some form of a workout routine. Most modest diet goals are simply to lose one or two pounds every few days. Jumping rope for about 30 minutes alone will burn more than 300 calories. Therefore, jumping rope seven days a week will burn about 2100 calories. With adding a healthy diet to your fitness routines, it is easy to see how great of an impact jumping rope can have on an overall goal of losing weight.
By burning a significant amount of body fat in the upper and lower parts of the body, jumping rope also builds great muscle tone and overall body definition. A layer of fat is usually the biggest reason people can’t get the type of abs they want to see. Jumping rope is actually one of the best ways to build great looking abs. By strengthening your core, your overall balance and agility will improve. Additionally with a stronger core, your posture will improve, thus increasing lungs productivity and blood flow.
Lastly, jumping rope gets you in shape because it is a type of exercise that you can take anywhere. Jumping rope is the most beneficial by completing it outside where you can get fresh air which is good for building a stronger cardiovascular system. Alternatively being able to bring the jump rope to the gym and using it as a cool down to an intense workout. It is recommended that you stretch before and after you workout and jumping rope after a workout.