If your last vision of jumping rope is tripping over one at physical education class 20 years ago with a bunch of other sweaty 12-year-olds, you’re not alone. However, if might be time to pick one up again, because jumping rope is one of the best exercises you can incorporate into your fitness routine.
No longer reserved for little girls and boxers, jumping rope has gained mainstream popularity for its remarkable calorie-burning reputation. Even better if you’re on a budget — there’s no need for expensive gym memberships here, and all you really need is a good rope to begin.
If you’re new to jumping, start with a basic lightweight rope, and when it starts getting easy, switch things up a bit with a weighted jump rope that will push your conditioning up a notch. If you want to improve agility and endurance, a speed rope will quicken the pace and keep you on your toes. After you’ve mastered the basic jumps, try fancy moves such as the crossover and double-under to keep your workout fresh, challenging and fun.
If you’re still unsure about how jumping rope pits against your regular runs on the treadmill, here are 5 of its benefits that might change your mind.