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Burn Calories With Jump Rope

Skip to My Lou: Burn Serious Calories With Jump Rope

skipping In case you didn't get the memo, jump ropes are still in style. Just because it was an activity you did as a kid, doesn't mean you can't enjoy it now. Jump rope is not only an amazing cardio workout — a 145-lb person can burn 132 calories in just 10 minutes if jumping at a quick pace — but it's also a simple, convenient workout as well. Celebrity trainer Tracy Anderson, includes skipping in the workout routines she suggests to her clients.

Here's why else jump rope is so great.

When on vacation, if you're thinking of easy ways to break a sweat with minimal equipment, jump rope is the perfect solution. I take my rope with me everywhere, and as long as I have a pair of running shoes, I can do it anywhere, too.

If you haven't bought a jump rope in awhile, here are some guidelines to follow:

While standing on the center of the cord, the handle tips should reach your armpits. If the handles are up by your ears, the rope is too long for you! You can also jump with your rope to determine if it's the proper length: If the cord doesn't touch the floor, the rope is too short; if it lands in front of you, it's too long.

Happy skipping!

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GummiBears GummiBears 5 years
*looks at my Wally World issued jump rope on my coat hook* Someday I would actually do it but where can I do it where I don't look like an a$$...
andrennabird andrennabird 5 years
I love jumping rope, too! I've loved it since Jump Rope for Heart when I was a kid! I started jumping intervals last week and I was happy how quickly my cardio capacity increased.
laurenislost laurenislost 5 years
I will have to revisit this. I have this horrible imagery of myself stumbling rope rather than doing any jumping!
ticamorena ticamorena 5 years
I LOVE jump rope! I currently jump for 55mins 4 to 5 days a week, and it's really easy on your body (little risk of injury) and doesn't require expensive equipment. The best part is that it's an all body workout - in addition to cardio, it works your legs, core and arms simultaneously! Plus, if you get tube handles with your rope, you can then buy different ropes/cables from sports/hardware shops that you can use.
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