Skipping rope is a very efficient and complete full-body workout. You are integrating resistance training of your calves, hamstrings, shoulders and arms with an incredible cardiovascular workout. In a sense, you are toning your muscles while strengthening your heart.
Jumping Rope – Workout Styles
- Basic jump– jump with both feet at the same time. Master this technique first. Make sure you jump by going up and not by flexing you feet the knees.
- Alternate foot jump– alternate your feet. You can skip one or two times with each foot and then switch to other one.
- Criss-cross– cross your hands in front of the body.
- Double under– jump a bit higher and swing the rope two times before hitting the ground
JUMPING ROPE BENEFITS
- Cheap way to save time while burning major calories: For about $8 and 30 minutes, a 130-pound woman can burn 330 calories — running at a pace of 10 minutes per mile (six mph) only burns 270 calories.
- You can do your workout anywhere: Whether you’re in a hotel room on a business trip, outside on your deck, or inside your home because of bad weather, you can jump rope — just make sure the ceilings are high enough. Since a jump rope takes up so little room, it can easily be stashed in your suitcase, gym or yoga bag, or even your purse.
- Jumping is good for bone health: If you’re young, you’re not exactly worrying about osteoporosis yet, but what you do now can help prevent this condition. It turns out that simply jumping up and down helps strengthen your bones.
- It tones your legs and booty: Who doesn’t want a tight and toned tush? Just like running and biking, jumping rope requires mostly leg strength. You can jump up and down, side-to-side, or forward and backward, jump while moving around the room, jump with one leg, or jump with both legs together. Varying your steps will target different muscles and also prevent boredom.