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Top Five Benefits of Jumping Rope

Jump Rope

Looking for a total body workout that you can add to your exercise routine? For many of you, jumping jump can give you a calorie–burning workout you need. It may not be for everyone as it can put extra pressure on your hips, knees and ankle joints, but for those who are physically able, you can get a high-intensity workout in a short amount of time.

If you haven’t jumped rope in a while, I recommend asking your physician if you are healthy enough. In addition, start slow and gradually work your way up to faster speeds and longer durations. Even 10 or 15 minutes will give you a great improvement to your overall workout. To maximize results and to put less pressure on your joints, jump rope bouncing on the toes instead of flat-footed on your heels. Also, you don’t need to elevate more than a few inches off the ground, just enough for the rope to pass under you.

The results can be impressive. It will give you a cardio workout while also working a number of muscle groups. It is a workout that you can do virtually anywhere, but always be cautious on the surface you are jumping on, especially in your home. Carpeted flooring and any surface that may be slippery can lead to injury as a fall risk.

So if you are ready to add a jump rope to your workout arsenal, my top five health benefits are:

  1. Upper body workout – as you are repeatedly swinging the rope, arm and chest muscles are being improved.
  2. Lower body workout – jumping rope will give your legs, calves and buttocks a workout you can feel right away.
  3. Core strength and balance – your stomach muscles will get stronger and as a byproduct, your improved core muscle can help give you better balance in everyday life.
  4. Coordination – having to simultaneously perform multiple tasks such as moving arms and legs at the same time improves your coordination.
  5. Cardio workout – jumping rope will get your heart rate up and can be a big calorie burn for you. Always monitor your heart rate however, and stay within a heart rate range based on your physician’s recommendation.