If the cold Winter temps are keeping you indoors, you don't have to stick to a treadmill for your cardio. In fact, all you need is a jump rope to make for an effective cardio workout that burns around 330 calories in just 30 minutes.
The problem with jump roping, however, is that it can get a little stale, so we've rounded up four different types of workouts that will have you jumping for joy.
If it's been a while since you've picked up a jump rope, start with this basic jump-rope workout. It begins with a warmup to get you flexible, then moves from basic jumps to slight variations, like this skier jump (shown).
7-Move Video Workout
Move on to a whole workout with this video jump-rope workout, which features seven challenging moves like hopping on one foot or laterally to up the difficulty of your jump-rope routine.
Get two more ideas after the break.
The jump rope can be a useful tool for your strength-training routine. Jackie Warner shows us how to do it with moves like the In and Out Jump (shown above) and three other creative ways to use your jump rope.
The Double Under
Ready for a challenge? Learn this CrossFit jump-rope staple, the double under, in which your rope passes under your feet twice for each jump. It involves a lot of speed and coordination, but once you get the hang of it, it's an übereffective calorie burner. Learn how to do the double under here.