What piece of exercise equipment is inexpensive, is easy to take nearly anywhere, can be used by the whole family, and improves cardiovascular fitness while toning muscle at the same time? If you said a treadmill, you might be reading the wrong blog. I’m talking about a jump rope!
Rope skipping has been shown to help increase the intensity of cardio workouts. High impact workouts that alternate between different muscle groups can increase heart rate and provide a cardiorespiratory benefit. Adding a jump-rope station to a circuit is an easy way to increase the intensity of a full body workout.
Jumping rope at a steady state for 30 minutes can help improve coordination and cognitive function. Skipping rope is a cyclic activity, which means you perform it for a steady, regular cadence. The steady cadence and rhythm of jumping rope can help improve the coordination between your eyes, feet, and hands. It also helps you learn new motor patterns, which improves the nervous system communication between your brain, wrists and lower leg muscles. This, in turn, study shows helps to improve your overall cognitive function, which is an important benefit as we age.
I’m going to get real with you here. Jumping rope ain’t easy. Especially when you’ve been out of the game since your third-grade double-dutch days. But with a lot of practice and a little guidance, you’ll be back up to your old playground tricks.
Having a properly sized jump rope is crucial to your success, your trainer can help you choose the right size for your height.
Lastly, for those of you that, like me, would rather do 100 burpees than run a mile, jumping rope is a great alternative! (Thank goodness, I really did not want to do that many burpees.) When done correctly, high-intensity rope jumping burns more calories, faster, and with less impact on your joints, then running.