Jumping rope is a fabulous cardio exercise and is a favorite for boxers, who use it for strength and balance. But there are many other reasons you should incorporate it into your weekly routine. Ten minutes per week is enough to see results and feel the benefits. Here are four reasons to jump rope every week
Improves Bone Strength
Jumping rope requires that you put weight on your bones which is a great way to improve your bone health. For young people, jumping rope helps the development of the bones. When we are older, we need to do more weight-bearing exercises to decrease the chance of osteoporosis. It also prevents injury—the stronger the bones, the harder they are to break.
Improves Cardiovascular Health
Jumping rope is higher in intensity than some other forms of cardio such as walking or cycling, and is really good for your heart and lungs. You don’t need to spend hours on the cardio machine to feel good. Just take your trusted jump rope and do interval training or HIIT for 10 minutes to reap the benefits.
Improves your Balance and Coordination
If you start slow and keep a manageable pace, you will see your coordination improve. Your balance will also get better as you do most of the movement on your toes, so you need to engage the core every time you jump.
Do It Anywhere
You don’t need a gym or lots of equipment—all you need a jump rope and space. Most jump ropes are lightweight so you can put it into a small bag and take it to a park or on vacation with you.