Jump rope, not through hoops to get fit
Wednesday, October 5, 2022
Are you overwhelmed trying to pick a workout? Beach this, cross that and so on. It seems like there is a new fad workout every week, and a lot of them can be expensive to either purchase the equipment or program.
Sometimes, all you need to do is go back to basics.
Jumping rope can be an amazingly inexpensive and effective workout. The equipment list is pretty much a jump rope and athletic shoes. Yep, that is it.
Maybe you are not convinced it can do much for you.
A 2013 study on Shape America showed that jumping rope for 10 minutes a day can provide the same cardiovascular benefits as a 30-minute daily jog. Same benefits and save over 2 hours a week? Those numbers are hard to argue.
Want more? Jumping rope can also improve your coordination. A 2017 study in Indian Journals revealed jumping rope improved coordination for autistic children.
Another 2017 study on Plos One revealed girls 11 to 14 years of age who jumped rope each week had a higher bone density than girls who did not jump rope. A 2019 study by the Korean Society for Bone and Mineral Research recommended jumping rope for 10 minutes a day to improve bone strength.
Still not convinced jumping rope is an adequate workout? Consider that jumping rope is a full body workout focusing on calves, glutes, quads, core muscles, shoulders and endurance.
In case you still have doubts, we recommend trying it. You will probably be surprised at the effort it takes to jump rope for ten minutes.
Of course, before starting any workout, always talk to your doctor first.
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