Jumping rope is cheap, portable, and a great calorie-burner.
“According to research jump rope for a minimum of five minutes a day can improve physical fitness and when you build to ten minutes of nonstop jumping at 120 RPMs it can provide the same benefits as the following:
- 30 minutes of jogging
- 2 sets of tennis singles
- 30 minutes of racquet and handball
- 720 yards of swimming
- 18 holes of golf
- JUMP ROPE ENTERTAINMENT
In addition, jumping helps to develop the left and right hemispheres of the brain, to further improve spatial awareness and reading skills and increases memory and mental alertness. Jumping on balls of the feet requires the body and mind to make neural muscular adjustments to imbalances created from continuous jumping. As a result jumping improves dynamic balance and coordination, reflexes, bone density and muscular endurance”. Jump Rope Institute
The exercise surface is important. Do not jump on a carpet, grass, or asphalt. Use a wood floor, piece of plywood or an impact mat made for exercise.
If you haven’t jumped rope since third grade, it can be humbling. It demands (and builds) coordination. Initially, you should practice foot and arm movements separately.
- Hold both rope handles in one hand and swing the rope to develop a feel for the rhythm.
- Next, without using the rope, practice jumping.
- Finally, put the two together. You’ll probably do well to jump continuously for one minute.
Jumping rope improves your coordination. Whether or not you’re paying attention to them, your brain is aware of what your feet are doing. This practice, over and over again, makes you “lighter” on your feet.
Increases your strength in the muscles surrounding your ankle joint and in your foot, decreasing the chance of injury to those areas.
“This aerobic exercise can achieve a “burn rate” of up to 1300 calories per hour of vigorous activity, with about 0.1 calories consumed per jump.Ten minutes of jumping rope can roughly be considered the equivalent of running an eight-minute mile. Since the impact of each jump or step is absorbed by both legs, jump rope may have lower risks for knee damage than running.” Science Daily