Hello fellow Mizfit fans!
I’m so excited to be making an appearance over here today to chat about one of my favorite activities- jumping rope!
(MizFit note: I begged her to come. I love me some Lean Green Bean.)
I used to think jump ropes were nothing more than a childhood throwback….a tool used by gym teachers and parents to help children burn of some of that excess energy they always seem to have. Over the past couple of years I’ve rediscovered my love of jumping rope and I think you should too!
Here’s 5 reasons why:
- It’s a simple activity that burns a lot of calories. There’s no way around it. Jumping rope with get your heart pumping and your blood flowing!
- It’s inexpensive and can be done almost anywhere. A basic jump rope shouldn’t cost more than $10. You can jump at home in your basement, at the gym or at the park while your kids are swinging. Hitting the road? Throw your rope in your suitcase and jump in your hotel room!
- It’s a full body workout. You might think of it as a leg workout, but jumping rope works the muscles in your shoulders and abs as well!
- It enhances your coordination, timing and rhythm.You could even use it as a tool to help kids work on their counting!
- It can fill the gaps. Try jumping rope in between weight lifting sets instead of just standing around or use it as an activity break if you sit a lot during the day.
A few things to remember:
- Choose the right rope length. If you step on the rope and pull the handles up, they should come approximately to your armpits
- Find a forgiving surface to jump on (ie not concrete if possible)- try a wood floor, gym mat, track, etc.
- Wear shoes. Jump ropes are kind of like a whip and it will hurt if you whip your bare feet.
- Ease into it! If you’re not used to jumping rope, you’ll probably feel it in your calves, even your shins, the next day. Start small and let your body get used to jumping rope. Remember that you don’t need to jump super high off the ground…just high enough to clear the rope! And spend some time with the foam roller on those calf muscles!
Want to take it up a notch?!
- Try double unders! This means you have to spin the rope fast enough for it to go around your body two times for every one jump you take. You’ll have to jump higher than you do for single unders. It takes practice and coordination so don’t give up if you don’t get it right away. There are endless ways to jumprope! You can also try criss-crossing your arms while you jump, jumping on just one leg, spinning the rope backwards instead of forwards, running in place while spinning the rope instead of jumping…get creative!
- Try intervals: Jump rope for 30 seconds, rest for 30 seconds, repeat. As you get better, try jumping super fast for 30 seconds and then doing an easy recovery jump for 1 minute and repe
Most importantly, have fun!
Jumping rope is a simple, effective exercise that is great for your whole body, including your heart… so grab a rope and start jumping today!