Jumping Rope: You Are Not Just Being Kind to Your Heart
We all know that jumping rope is a lot of fun and good for you. Recent Scientific research has revealed the benefits don't just stop with burning calories though - giving us even more great reasons to jump rope regularly. Here are some of the main benefits associated with using a jumping rope for the body and mind well-being.
Your heart will thank you:
According to research, 10 minutes of jumping rope produces the same cardiovascular fitness benefits as 30 minutes of jogging, 2 sets of tennis, 18 holes of golf, or 2 miles of cycling.
And so will your feet and ankles:
Jumping rope not only improves your foot coordination but also increases muscle strength in your ankles and in your feet thus decreasing the chance of injuries to these areas. A true blessing for all athletes out there.
You’ll improve your coordination:
When jumping rope you have to focus on your feet. Your brain knows very well what your feet are doing and as practice makes perfect, eventually you get lighter on your feet and coordinated.
You’ll burn off those nasty pizza slices and cupcakes from that party:
According to Science Daily, you can achieve a burn rate of up to 1300 calories per hour with an hour of vigorous rope jumping activity, meaning about 0.1 calories consumed per jump. Yay!
You’ll strengthen your bones:
According to Dr. Daniel W. Barry, an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Colorado at Denver, the best exercise to improve bone density is simply jumping up and down. “Jumping is great, if your bones are strong enough to begin with,” Dr. Barry says. “You probably don’t need to do a lot either.”
You’ll improve your breathing:
Jumping rope helps you breathe more efficiently. A great benefit when it comes to doing other sports as you won’t be as out of breath after running down the court or field or when swimming.
You’ll grow calmer:
According to The Jump Rope Institute, viewed from a biomechanical perspective, jumping rope represents a composite movement combining a circular motion with an angular momentum.” But guess what! One of the benefits of your mind and body acting in sync is that you are becoming calmer and are able to handle different stressful situations coming your way more easily… A big plus in today’s world.
You’ll get smarter!
Start jumping rope and you’ll see your brain cells do wonders for you. According to the Jump Rope Institute, jumping helps in the development of the left and right hemispheres of your brain thereby increasing your spatial awareness, improving your reading skills and your memory and making you more mentally alert.
This is quite an impressive list of benefits to an activity that’s fun for all ages.
Have a fun hopping day everybody!