Jumping Rope - Good for Body and Brain

 

The best workouts are both fun and effective. As a child, jumping rope was fun.  I wasn't trying to workout or get fit,  it was merely something to do in between climbing trees, playing hide-and-go-seek, riding my bike and running from my mom so I wouldn't have to clean my room.

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I remember I could go forever and still have time for an impromptu challenge of a hundred meter race --- and I wouldn't even break a sweat! Fast forward twenty something years and jumping rope is still a lot fun only now I do it for one purpose --fitness. Though I classify jump rope as cardio it tones and defines my shoulders, upper back, calves, and even my abs and obliques.

According to The Jump Rope Institute (yeah, this is a real thing,) the benefits of jump rope, "ranks as an ideal brain exercise, bone builder, and as one of the most efficient ways of improving cardiovascular fitness in as little as ten minutes. [...] In addition, jumping helps to develop the left and right hemispheres of the brain, to further improve spacial awareness and reading skills, and increases memory and mental alertness. Jumping on balls of the feet requires the body and mind to make neural muscular adjustments to imbalances created from continuous jumping. As a result jumping improves dynamic balance and coordination, reflexes, bone density and muscular endurance."

Apparently, 10 minutes of consecutive jump rope burns as many calories as 30 minutes of jogging.  I hate running, so, this is great news.

Bottom line, If you have only  ten minutes to workout, reach for that rope.  It's fun, effective and  your brain and body will thank you!

 

Posted on December 10, 2013 .