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Health Benefits of Jumping Rope

Reasons to Own a Jump Rope

If running outside is not your cup of tea, and steep gym prices prevent you from hitting the pool or a spin class, you'll need an inexpensive and easy way to keep up with your cardio sessions. You may associate a jump rope with school-aged girls, boxers, or those in the military, but jump ropes are a great tool to keep in your home gym and here's why.

  1. Cheap way to save time while burning major calories: For about $8 and 30 minutes, a 130-pound woman can burn 330 calories — running at a pace of 10 minutes per mile (six mph) only burns 270 calories.
  2. You can do your workout anywhere: Whether you're in a hotel room on a business trip, outside on your deck, or inside your home because of bad weather, you can jump rope — just make sure the ceilings are high enough. Since a jump rope takes up so little room, it can easily be stashed in your suitcase, gym or yoga bag, or even your purse.
  3. Jumping is good for bone health: If you're young, you're not exactly worrying about osteoporosis yet, but what you do now can help prevent this condition. It turns out that simply jumping up and down helps strengthen your bones.
  4. It tones your legs and booty: Who doesn't want a tight and toned tush? Just like running and biking, jumping rope requires mostly leg strength. You can jump up and down, side-to-side, or forward and backward, jump while moving around the room, jump with one leg, or jump with both legs together. Varying your steps will target different muscles and also prevent boredom.
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nikkisoda nikkisoda 5 years
I love jumping rope! I jump 100 times, set of lunges, 100 times, set of lunges, 100 times, set of lunges, etc. I keep going until I cannot go any more. Great workout! (I vary the lunges)
SaraNoH SaraNoH 5 years
pft, has anyone actually tried jump roping for 30 minutes?! After just a few you're totally winded. That's some intense cardio there.  Anyone else a fan of criss-cross jump roping? Ah, elementary school....
amymac amymac 5 years
I use my jumprope for every workout I do at home or when I'm traveling! There's no excuse to skip a workout when it's fast, cheap and easy to use a jumprope to burn calories!
Slinxie Slinxie 5 years
I got one off amazon that is adjustable. From what i understand, the proper jumprope length is when the handles come up to your armpits when you stand with both feet in the center of it. Jump roping is very difficult, so anyone starting out, I'd say do maybe 30s of jumping then 1min rest. Do this only 5 times. Honestly, you might not feel very tired and that you can do more, but the one time I did it 10x, i couldn't walk properly for a week. You have to train to be able to do continuously.
Nellllll Nellllll 8 years
Great tips ;)
almostloli almostloli 8 years
i'm bored with jogging... i'll try this! haha
Soniabonya Soniabonya 8 years
i have a jump rope but it seems a lil long. ah well. i'll give it a shot again. :)
circustricks03 circustricks03 8 years
Hmmm....I don't know about jumping rope in your hotel room. Jumping rope is real good exercise, but I get bored after 5 minutes.
heatherhas heatherhas 8 years
I was jumping rope earlier today, and I would like to remind everyone that it is a good idea to wear shoes. I was barefoot and it hurt when I smacked my toes with the rope. That was my stupid mistake for the day. Anyways, a good rope is the everlast jump rope with weighted handles. I think I got it from target or walmart a few years ago and it is very long!
quarterjappy quarterjappy 8 years
my boobs are too big to jump rope.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
Back in the day, I was THE jump-rope champ at my elementary school. I could go forever without missing a jump, plus I could go backwards and I could do other tricks. I got back into it a few years ago and now I jump-rope probably every day. I usually go about 2-3 minutes at a time before I miss...I usually go about 10 minutes total and it REALLY gets your heart rate up.
cupcakers cupcakers 8 years
Like alenka I have the same problem. I wish I could do it in my apt but it will disturb the neighbors downstairs, doesn't help how old my apt building and you can hear everything from all sides. And it's too cold/snowy/icy to do it outside.
psterling psterling 8 years
I can't jump rope for more than 10-15 minutes at a time otherwise I'm totally winded. I know, I'm a fitness superstar.
kikidawn kikidawn 8 years
Maybe I should say: I'm wanting to start exercising ;)
kikidawn kikidawn 8 years
Like Advah, I would appreciate any advice on good brands or what I need to look for in a good jump rope.... How do I know length, quality, etc? I'm starting to exercise and I think this will be something I enjoy doing ... :) Hopefully!
Advah Advah 8 years
Ugh I bought a rope from a store the other weekend, but it's too short. :( Any advice on good and cheap ropes?
alenka alenka 8 years
Ah this is my favorite quick workout! I wish I could wake up and do it for a few minutes but it makes too much noise for the neighbors downstairs.
nikkili nikkili 8 years
foxie, I'm sure it just takes some practice and strenth build-up. I can imagine myself in the same predicament and it sounds very amusing. :) I've been wanting to try jump roping for exercise... now I think I'll just have to go out and get one.
foxie foxie 8 years
About 5 minutes into jump-roping I become almost psychotic from the rage at not being able to jump more than a few times without tripping on the rope.
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