5 Reasons To Jump Rope
by Alfredo on June 19, 2012 at 10:00 AM EDT

As basic as the jump rope might seem, it’s one of the greatest tools most people could use to either improve or maintain their health. Here are some reasons why jumping rope is not such a bad idea!

1. Burns Calories
According to the Livestrong website, jumping rope could burn up to as many as 1,000 calories per hour. Jump rope also puts your back, glutes, shoulders, abs, chest, and arms to work, so you know you’re burning fat all around your body!

2. Increases Lower Body Endurance
At first, jumping sessions won’t be as long as later on because you’re lower body just isn’t ready for that sort of an exercise. Over time your leg muscles will begin to last longer and because of that, you will be able to get more out of your jump rope exercises. Nonetheless from all the jumping your legs will become stronger and endure more jumping action.

3. Increases Cardiovascular and Lung Capacity
According to Livestrong, jumping rope for 10 minutes is the cardiovascular capacity equivalent to jogging 30 minutes! Because jumping rope involves the same sort of impact you get from running or jogging, your heart works in a similar way to get blood moving. This raises you heart rate and can strengthen your cardiac and lung capacity.

4. Jump Anywhere
The number of places you could jump rope is almost endless, just about every surface is jumpable! You could jump on concrete-which is just about anywhere, grass-where you will have less impact on your feet when you land, and even sand-as crazy and intense as that might seem.

5. Inexpensive
Jump ropes vary in price range but are still far cheaper than most fitness equipment. A jump rope could cost you anywhere from $1 to $20 on average.

Of course always make sure to know your limits and don’t do anything that could potentially hurt you. Listen to your body and know when to stop, everyone has different physical limits, jump rope at a pace that’s comfortable for you, and of course, have fun!

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