Jumping Rope Is a Seriously Fun and Effective Way to Get Your Heart Pumping—Here's How to Begin
If you haven't jumped rope since you were a kid, it's time to give it a whirl again, especially if you're lacking motivation to exercise. Fitness pros often recommend thinking about the activities you loved as a kid and recommitting to them as an adult to bump up your exercise enjoyment. But even if you've never jumped rope before, there are plenty of reasons to try it now.
The Health Benefits of Jumping Rope
For starters, jumping rope is an excellent cardiovascular activity that will get your blood pumping, body sweating, and muscles working in a short amount of time. For the average person, just 15 minutes of jumping rope can burn 200 to 300 calories, says AJ Perez, Sweat Factor trainer and founder of Rumble Los Angeles, which means whatever your personal fitness level you can always expect a seriously good workout. And because it's a lower-impact workout, it's less stress on your joints than activities like running. Plus, the simple movement of jump roping amazingly targets several body parts—calves, core, arms, shoulders, upper back, and more—so, kind of like planks, it's a very multifunctional and efficient form of exercise.
Jump roping is also an activity that anybody of any fitness level can do. The key is to start slow and build your way to a more intense routine. The only caution, of course, is if you're dealing with an injury—like an ankle, foot, or knee issue—or health concern, in which case you'd want to check with your doctor, Perez says.