When was the last time you jumped rope? It's cheap and portable – and burns more calories than you might think. Give it a whirl!
Decreases Foot and Ankle Injuries - Jumping rope not only improves your foot coordination but also increases your strength in the muscles surrounding your ankle joint and in your foot, decrease the chance of injury to those areas.
Burns Major Calories - Compared to jogging for 30 minutes, jumping rope actually burns more calories with about 0.1 calories consumed per jump.
Portable and Fun - A jump rope can go anywhere with you. Take it to work, take it to school. Warm-up before your basketball game or cool down after a bike ride.
How To Jump
If you haven't jumped rope since third grade, it can be humbling. It demands (and builds) coordination. Initially, you should practice foot and arm movements separately.
Look straight ahead to maintain balance.
Keep your body upright and balanced with the weight on the balls of the feet.
Jump only high enough to clear the rope (1 inch off the ground).
Land lightly on the balls of your feet.
Keep your elbows close to your sides, pointing down at a 45-degree angle.
Never sacrifice good jumping form for speed. Progress slowly.