As summer begins to show its face, exercise enthusiasts both new and old are rushing to their local gyms for the quick fix to be summer ready.
Taking it back to basics, one of the easiest and readily available exercises is jumping.
Jumping even at a very moderate rate burns 10 to 16 calories a minute. Adding in a jump rope exercise into three 10-minute rounds and you're looking at 480 calories in half an hour.
Below are 4 surprising benefits to jumping and why you should do it more often.
1. Increase Bone Density- The medium impact of jumping rope increases bone density, but isn’t as hard on your joints as running because the impact of each jump is absorbed by both legs.
2. Build Agility- Jumping rope every day for a few minutes or on the balls of your feet, body connects with mind to make "neural muscular adjustments" to keep you balanced, improving your balance and quickness/coordination by making your mind focus on your feet for sustained periods of time.
3. Make it your own- Speed jumping. Chinese wheel jumping. Double dutch. Jumping rope moving around a room or crazy freestyle jumping using a step. There’s seemingly no end of ways to have fun with a jump rope.
4. Take it with you- How else to explain this… You. Can. Jump. Rope. Anywhere. We’ve seen videos of people jump roping on the beach, on top of mountains, on boats, in hotel rooms, and even on a 15 min lunch break. No excuses just start jumping!