5 Reasons Why You Should Be Skipping Rope

Skipping rope workouts have become more and more popular in the past few years. You might associate this training with children games or maybe with a workout for athletes. In reality jumping rope can do more for you than the same time you would spend jogging. 

The main advantage of this training is that you can do it at any fitness level. Not to mention that it helps you improve your strength, endurance and speed and it’s great for losing weight as well.

Getting Ready for Skipping Rope 

Before you can jump rope, you would probably want to get yourself a rope that works for you. If you are at a beginner level, chose a lighter one. If you feel more confident and you have some experience already, you can get a weighted rope. You can also find ropes with removable weights, so you can use it at different levels or for speed training.
You also need to adjust the length of your rope so it is comfortable and it fits you. The way to do this, is to stand on the middle of the rope and hold the handles at your waist, then adjust the length accordingly.

Benefits of Skipping Rope

  1. It’s an inexpensive form of exercising: you don’t need a fancy rope, just get a basic one and start training.
  2. It’s portable, fun and you can skip anywhere: you can fit the rope in your purse, backpack or gym bag and you can take it with you anywhere you go. You can train in the park, during your breaks at work, at the gym, you name it. Just make sure you are skipping rope on a flat surface and you have the right trainers.  Wonder how it can be a fun workout? Skipping rope gives you the opportunity to learn new skills like criss-crosses, double unders, side swings, single leg jumps or you can even learn how to double dutch with your kids.
  3. It helps you burn calories: According to Science Daily, “This aerobic exercise can achieve a “burn rate” of up to 1300 calories per hour of vigorous activity, with about 0.1 calories consumed per jump. Ten minutes of jumping rope can roughly be considered the equivalent of running an eight-minute mile.”
  4. Improves your heart rate: skipping rope is actually a cardio workout, hence while you skip your heart rate will increase which will result in delivering oxygenated blood to your lungs and muscles. On a long term this can help you increase endurance, your heart will be stronger, you will be able to lose fat and it can potentially lower your blood pressure. Moreover, it will improve your breath efficiency. This will come in handy when you will go jogging, swimming or go hiking. 
  5. Decreases the risk of foot injuries: while skipping rope, you work out the muscles around your ankle joint and foot and you increase their strength, hence you decrease the chance of injuring your foot. This is one of the many reasons athletes chose jumping rope training.

So, grab a rope and start jumping! And as always, you should ease your body into it slowly and keep it steady, but progressive. Try different workouts and make it fun!
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