Jump Rope is one of the most effective overall body workouts for any age level. It provides a great workout, can be done from anywhere and is a lot of fun. Why is it then that many people rely on more traditional forms of cardio, like running and biking, and often overlook jumping rope as an alternative? It may be that are just not informed of the multitude of benefits this typically considered “children’s game” has both physically and mentally.
Let’s take a look:
- Best Fat Burning form of Cardio
Did you know jumping rope burns more calories than biking, swimming and even running? Jumping rope can burn up to 700 calories per hour and is a great way to kick-start your digestive system and get your body to burn more calories throughout the course of the day. There is not better way to trim down and get lean!
- Develops Overall Body Strength
Unlike most forms of cardio, jumping rope not only gets your heart pumping, but it also helps develop muscle strength in your upper body, particularly your shoulders, back and arms. Jumping rope can help give you that muscle fullness you’ve been wanting.
- Improves Mental Clarity
Because jumping rope requires hand-eye coordination, it puts both sides of your brain to work. This is one of the main reasons, jumping rope is so popular with boxers. If you tend to lose focus or experience feelings of being overwhelmed, jumping rope can help train your brain into focusing on the present and help you see things more clearly in all aspects of our day-to-day lives.
- Improves our Mood
One of the best benefits of jumping is it’s ability to release natural endorphins that allow us to feel our best. The feeling can be similar to what we know as a “runner’s high”. Through the release of these endorphins, our libido, and often sex drive increases.
- Reduces Belly Fat
Jumping Rope is one of the best ways to avoid fat re-distributing around the abdomen. It is an excellent way to keep your physique lean and waistline slim.
As you can see, jumping rope is an excellent choice for any workout routine. It may take a little time to learn, but once you do, there is no turning back.
In general you will notice some pretty significant results in the first couple of weeks. Some are even convinced jumping rope is the fountain of youth. Just ask Janine Delaney, social media’s jump rope queen!