By Janine Delaney, PhD
They don’t call me the #jumpropequeen of social media for nothing! Jumping rope is one of the most effective overall body workouts for any age level, and I would love to share with you its many benefits! Jumping rope provides a great workout, can be done from anywhere and is a lot of fun. Why is it then that many people rely on more traditional forms of cardio, like running and biking, and often overlook jumping rope as an alternative? It may be they are just not informed of the multitude of benefits this typically considered “children’s game” has both physically and mentally.
Best fat burnIng form of cardio
Did you know jumping rope burns more calories than biking, swimming and even running? Jumping rope can burn up to 700 calories per hour and is a great way to kick-start your digestive system and get your body to burn more calories through- out the course of the day. There is no better way to trim down and get lean!
Develops overall body strength
Unlike most forms of cardio, jumping rope not only gets your heart pumping, but it also helps develop muscle strength in your upper body, particularly your shoulders, back and arms. Jumping rope can help give you that muscle fullness you’ve been wanting.
Improves mental clarIty
Because jumping rope requires hand-eye coordination, it puts both sides of your brain to work. This is one of the main reasons jumping rope is so popular with boxers. If you tend to lose focus or experience feelings of being overwhelmed, jumping rope can help train your brain into focusing on the present and help you see things more clearly in all aspects of your day-to-day life.
Improves our mood
One of the best benefits of jumping is its ability to release natural endorphins that allow us to feel our best. The feeling can be similar to what we know as a “runner’s high.” Through the release of these endorphins, our libido and sex drive often increase.
Reduces belly fat
Jumping rope is one of the best ways to avoid fat redistributing around the abdomen. It is an excellent way to keep your physique lean and waistline slim. Jumping rope is an excellent choice for any workout routine. It may take a little time to learn, but once you do, there is no turning back. In general, you will notice some pretty significant results in the first couple of weeks. Some are even convinced jumping rope is the fountain of youth.