Jumping rope has innumerable health benefits. In fact, health studies have proven time and again that jumping rope is more effective than many other common forms of cardio exercise. Unfortunately, most people aren’t aware of this fact and tend to overlook the jump rope in favor of treadmills, ellipticals, and stationary bikes.
This section will cover some of the many benefits of jumping rope that you probably didn’t know.
1. It Burns Calories
Jumping rope is a thermogenic workout. This type of exercise involves most of the main muscles in your body, causing your temperature to rise, which translates into energy. To obtain this energy (body fuel), your organism consumes calories.
These calories come from anything we eat or drink throughout the day. Thus, we are transforming our food into fuel in order to exercise. The longer we jump rope, the more calories we burn, preventing them from becoming fat.
2. It Improves Your Mind-Body Coordination
If you’re into sports that require mind-body coordination, jumping rope is the ideal exercise to develop this skill-set. When jumping rope, you are constantly aware of where you position the rope and how close you are to tripping or hitting your feet.
In other words, you can’t jump rope with a blank mind. Training your brain is just as important as training your body, especially with respect to coordination, and jumping rope helps you train both.
3. It Improves Your Heart Health
According to a 2018 medical study published in the National Library of Medicine, jumping rope is an amazing cardiovascular exercise.
Not only does it help prevent obesity in children (as the study points out), but it also goes a long way in decreasing the risk of cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) jumpers of all ages. Essentially, picking up a jump rope today will improve your current cardiovascular health and your future heart health as well.
4. It Increases Bone Density
Research shows that jumping rope can help improve bone density (again in children, but also applicable to adults). Bone density translates into having a solid bone structure that will help prevent your bones from breaking or becoming brittle. It is essential for your overall health – especially as you age. As a medium impact exercise, jumping rope (the act of repetitively jumping and landing on two feet) is an excellent way to improve your bone density and avoid future breaks.
5. Jumping Rope Is Fun!
Although this final point may not seem like an important benefit, we all know how hard it is to stick to a workout routine that fails to inspire us. Some people don’t like running because they think it is boring. Others hate the monotonous nature of lifting weights and the routine of going to the gym.
Jumping rope is the complete opposite!
All you need is a rope and a little bit of music, and you can actually have fun while you exercise. Even better, as you start becoming an advanced jump rope ninja, you can mix in tricks and techniques that will make your experience even more fun. Take your rope wherever you go, and have fun while doing some exercise.