Jumping rope at even a basic level is enough to be seriously rewarding. It will help you lose weight while improving your overall level of fitness. This exercise can really get your heart pumping , and it can also help you burn calories and lose some of those unwanted pounds. The best thing about jumping rope is that it can be done anywhere. The only thing you need is a space in which the rope isn’t going to get caught in a light fitting.
High intensity exercises are so damn effective because they burn a tonne of calories at the time, and also produce an afterburn effect that means you will continue to burn additional calories for up to 24 hours after exercising. Jumping rope burns more than 10 calories a minute while strengthening your legs, butt, shoulders and arms.
This exercise can be a great way to fit in an effective cardio session. Jumping rope is also awesome for improving your aerobic capacity and overall level of fitness. This is why, in addition to improving balance and coordination, jumping rope has long been the cornerstone of boxing training sessions.
While exercise is an important part of any weight-loss program, you can’t out-exercise a bad diet. If you want to lose weight and keep it off, you need to jump rope and make changes to your diet too.
Jumping rope involves a lot of muscle – more than you might think. But it’s particularly useful for building the calves.
Here’s a few pointers to help you get started:
- Start slow – If the last time you jumped rope was in pre-school, don’t think you’re going to be like Rocky straight away. Jumping rope is a skill, and takes time to get good at. start by swinging the rope either side of your body, and then forwards over your head (backwards is much harder).
- Stay on the balls of your feet – Your heels shouldn’t touch the ground, which is part of the reason that it is so good for your calves. Relax, and try to softly jump up and down on the balls of your feet.
- Use your wrists – Don’t rotate with your arms. Move your wrists in a circular motion and let the rope glide around you.