Could your workout routine use a jump-start? With the holiday season starting at the end of the month, now is the perfect time to get a leg up on your wellness goals. Reduce your waistline and the time you spend in the gym by training with a single piece of workout equipment, such as a jump rope.
The jump rope has stood the test of time as one of the best cardio workouts. It has a bevy of benefits such as increased bone density, lung capacity, endurance, aerobic strength, muscle composition, and improved coordination. This simple apparatus also helps burn some serious calories.
If you're new to jumping rope, finding the right rope length is key to achieving a safe and successful workout. Here's how to determine the right length for you:
Height guide for ordering a jump rope online:
Once you have the right size, try this beginner's jump rope routine for your next workout. A healthier you is only a hop, skip, and jump away.
Warm up: Jog in place for 60 seconds.
Jump rope: Complete 30-45 seconds of jumps.
During this circuit, focus on proper form. Protect your knees and hips by staying light on your feet, soft in your landing, and low to the ground with each elevation.
Build power, perfect your balance, and pump up your calorie burn by incorporating lateral jumps into this circuit.
High knee jumps
High knees are a great exercise for opening tight hip flexors, engaging weak core muscles, and developing the quad and glute strength necessary for overall health.
(Repeat this circuit five times.)