If you’re looking for an alternative workout that you can do every day without consuming too much time, space, and money, then pick up a jump rope. Skipping looks deceivingly simple, but it’s actually hard work – there’s a reason why boxers jump rope all the time, after all.
According to Shape, a minute of jumping rope burns more than ten calories while giving you full-body toning. Of course, there are also other factors that matter such as your weight and your speed, but experts agree that this simple workout can help you burn calories faster than jogging or running.
“It’s certainly good for the heart,” says Dr. Peter Schulman of the University of Connecticut Health Center on a WebMD feature. “It strengthens the upper and lower body and burns a lot of calories in a short time.”
In fact, actress Patina Miller reveals that jumping rope is what she used to train for her role as a rebel leader in Hunger Games. “I never knew that something as simple as a jump rope could kind of be like the answer to all the fitness questions that a person is dealing with…”
Jumping rope impacts your ankles, knees, and hips, so if you haven’t had any intense aerobic activity in a while, you need to take necessary precautions. It's essential to warm up, to take the proper stance while skipping, and to cool down right after. “The real key is to make sure you jump properly,” explains physical education teacher Roger Crozier. “Stay high on the toes. When you walk or run, you impact your heel. With rope jumping, you stay high on your toes and use your body’s natural shock absorbers.”
Aside from giving you a good cardio workout, toning your body, and burning calories, jumping up and down is also great for your bones—it improves your agility and physical coordination.