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Jumping Rope vs. Jogging

Jumping rope may seem like a boring way to work out, but it offers so many benefits. It's inexpensive, you can do it anywhere, it builds bone density, and it increases fat loss. I'm seeing more and more people jumping rope instead of jogging, so I was wondering how the two compare. If you're curious too, take this quiz to find out.


Jumping Rope vs. Jogging

If you're jumping rope, you need to have the right size rope. If you are 5'4", how long should your jump rope be?

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alyssajoelle alyssajoelle 8 years
im buying a jump rope when i get off work, good to know!
ElectroPopTart ElectroPopTart 8 years
Yah, I realize with anything on the web for jumping rope, it never says how fast you're supposed to be jumping, or what speed the informations is taken from.
rach1007 rach1007 8 years
For the last month or so I have been working out with a trainer at my gym, and she always has me start off the workout with jump rope. We originally started with three minutes- one minute regular, 30 secs on each leg, and then another minute to finish off. Now I'm able to do it for five minutes--physically it's easier and also my coordination has improved. It's a great way to start off, and I will definitely continue to do it on my own.
createMH createMH 8 years
Wow, that was a tough one.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I used to be a jump-rope champ back in elementary school. You know, pre-Nintendo days when we had recess...we played jump rope games all the time. I usually jump for a good 15-20 minutes at a time and I try to do it every day. It's a good way to get your heart rate up quickly and it's fun, too. I usually play little jump rope games in my head and I do "intervals"...I'll do 100 regular jumps, followed by 20 twisting jumps and alternate that a few times. Or I'll do 100 regulars and then 50 high knees and 50 kickbacks. It keeps it fun and prevents it from getting boring.
i-heart-monster i-heart-monster 8 years
Thanks for the info on the length! We jump rope at my kickboxing class for 2 minutes and I find it really hard to do it for that long without messing up. Last night I made it all of 30 seconds. woohoo!
V-for-Victoria V-for-Victoria 8 years
I lost SO MUCH weight doing jump rope. I once wore a short skirt to work, and people were asking me how I got my legs to look like that. That same day, a bunch of girls bought jump ropes of their own!
soapbox soapbox 8 years
Hmm, I really have to dig up my jumprope. Got it on sale last year, used it once hehe. That's interesting about the rope size though.
gemini7827 gemini7827 8 years
I had no idea! I will be using my jump rope more often now. Thank you for the information FitSugar :)
1apple 1apple 8 years
Got a jump rope for Christmas and I use it as a warmup prior to strength training. IT'S HARD!!! (Much more difficult than I remember my grade-school skip-a-thons being!)
nancita nancita 8 years
That's great to know about the length.
rc4480 rc4480 8 years
i embarass my 6-year old self with my inability to jump rope! it's so hard to maintain beyond a few mins w/o tripping on the rope :P
weffie weffie 8 years
I'm really curious to see how I'd do with double-dutch now! Jumping rope alone is boring, but if I can rally my roomies to join in hopefully it will be as fun as it was twenty years ago!
weffie weffie 8 years
TammyO - depending on how tall your kids are, you could get a long rope so you can all skip together... if they're in charge of spinning the rope for you (endsies, as we called it in primary school lol) until it's their turn to jump, you could probably accumulate 20 mins without much hassle :)
Chaoticfury Chaoticfury 8 years
I started this as my New Years's resolution and it was hard at first (ironic since I was a double dutch player in high school), but I'm getting the hang of it. I put my MP3 player on and go in the basement. The floors have better traction and the ceiling is high enough. I'll move it into the backyard in the spring.
TammyO TammyO 8 years
Hmmm..maybe this spring I'll get a jump rope and get busy in the yard with the kids. Although they are going to be pulling at the rope and asking for it constantly so I don't see how I possibly jump for 20 minutes without stopping at a time.
michlny michlny 8 years
I find jumping rope MUCH more challenging than jogging! My heart beats so much faster in a much shorter span of time....
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
I had no idea. I think I need to buy a jump rope stat!!
Kimpossible Kimpossible 8 years
I'm going to start incorporating jump roping into my regimen. I got 3/4 on the quiz, pretty good considering I didn't know anything about jump roping lol. this will be a fun way to get more cardio in on my off days from the gym and I can do it in my backyard - even better.
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 8 years
how fast must you be jumping? I don't think I can do that for 20 minutes... boring.
missyd missyd 8 years
WOW I got 0/4. I had no idea
shoegirl365 shoegirl365 8 years
Yeah so I really blew this quiz.... :) Thank you Fitsugar... I have a really nice backyard, this would be a good alternative for me without embarrassing myself by jogging in the neighborhood
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