In this post we are going to rediscover another calorie killer and great cardiovascular activity: jumping rope. When you think of a jumping rope, 2 big clichés pop up, one of them taking place during recess time at school, the other one, related to those enormous, ready-to-punch boxers. Jumping rope is more than a bunch of girls playing, singing and jumping at school. Behind the rope, there are many benefits hidden. We have listened below some of them for you to be acquainted because who knows? Maybe you will decide to go back on time to those recesses at school!
CALORIE KILLER: as mentioned right now, if you are looking for a workout routine that involves losing weight and remain fit, this is a great option. Jumping rope is an aerobic, cardiovascular and muscular endurance exercise since it involves your whole body. Recent studies show that jumping rope “can achieve a "burn rate" of up to 1300 calories per hour of vigorous activity, with about 0.1 calories consumed per jump”, which compared to running “Ten minutes of jumping rope can roughly be considered the equivalent of running an eight-minute mile”. Who could have thought that, right?
SAFE FOR YOUR JOINTS: if you are concerned about how jumping can affect your body in the long term and most important, your joints, do not worry, we can tell you right away. It is true that you are constantly hitting the floor, but the impact is absorbed by both legs, therefore there are lower risks of knee damage. However, if you suffer from joint issues, you might have to reconsider this activity and go for a non-impact one like the stationary bike. Still, a smart way to proceed is to visit a doctor. Overall, remember this: too much of a good thing, is a bad thing, so do not obsess.
IMPROVES AGILITY & QUICKNESS: apart from burning calories at a very high speed, jumping rope is great to develop agility and coordination. Take for instance our cliché #2, boxers. If you walk into any boxing gym, you will see people training with heavy punching bags, others doing weight lifting and a few of them will be jumping rope (or skipping).Have a look at this video of Brian Viloria (boxer) at jumping rope. Judge for yourself his sick agility:
IT IS AS GOOD FOR YOUR BODY AS IT IS FOR YOUR BRAIN: the practice of skipping/jumping rope can improve our agility –as we have watched before on that Brian Viloria video, but it is also great for your brain. This exercise involves the coordination and the rhythm, which obliges your brain to workout
SUPER AFFORDABLE: Let’s discuss money now. Another great benefit, for our wallet this time, is the affordability. Can you think of a cheaper workout? Sure, you might be able to come up with an idea or two, but it is safe to admit that jumping rope is one of the most affordable practices out there. You only need a pair of basic fitness shoes with good support and the rope, that’s all, no gym inscriptions, monthly fees or whatsoever. If you haven’t got your rope yet, we can offer you a great deal. Enkeeo’s Calorie Counting Jump Rope. It is a smart jumping rope capable of counting with accuracy.
Enkeeo's Calorie Counting Jump Rope
BUILD A STRONG HEART: back to the benefits for your body, here’s a big and important one, which even makes part of the slogan of an organization that you have likely heard of: Does JUMP ROPE FOR HEART ring a bell? Exactly, it is your heart. As this is a cardiovascular activity, your heart takes a big role on it. It can raise your heart rate up to 2 or 3 times more that the regular rate. This is why, you should take it easy at the beginning, as it can be hard (harder that what you could expect of a school girly play). However, this big effort comes with a great result: a stronger heart.
GREAT CORE ACTIVITY: for those of you who aren’t quite sure what your core exactly is, here’s a brief piece of information: Your core is broadly considered to be the torso. Major muscles included are the pelvic floor muscles, transversus abdominis, multifidus, internal and external obliques among many others. Practicing jumping rope will strengthen them since jump after jump you are constantly contracting these muscles.
Now the question is not why should you jump but why aren’t you jumping? Go, make that jump and tell us how it went!