Saturday, September 5, 2009

Jump Rope's are Not Just for Little Girls!

The jump rope has served a multipurpose role in the lives of children and adults across the world. There are many benefits to be reaped from using the jump rope as a training tool. Here are a few reasons why you should add a jump rope to your arsenal of workout equipment.

Serves as a great exercise option for shedding those unwanted pounds.

Meeting your fitness goals doesn’t have to be limited to performing exercises at the gym. You can get a full body workout with a jump rope. Shedding one pound will require you to burn 3,500 calories. Depending on the rate at which you’re seeking to release weight, it can take you anywhere from one week to a month to shed one pound. If your fitness goal is centered upon shedding five pounds in 25 days, you’ll have to burn 700 calories per day. To maximize your results, you’ll have to combine your jump rope exercises with a healthy eating lifestyle. Jumping rope for 30 minutes a day for a 25-day period will help you burn close to 300 calories, while cutting out 400 calories from your diet will help you reach your 700 daily caloric burn.

Helps remove toxins from your body.

Jumping rope plays a fundamental role in maintaining a healthy lymphatic system. This system gets rids of waste and toxins from your body and works through the expansion and contraction of your muscles as you move your body. The up and down movements made during a jump rope exercise are ideal for kicking this part of your body into motion.

Gives you the freedom to exercise anywhere.

You can transform any outdoor setting into your personal gym. The portability of the jump rope makes it easy for you to carry to work or on vacation. After work you can head to the park and jump rope. Or if you’re on vacation, you can go to an open space that’s conducive to jumping rope. Having a jump rope in your possession at all times can significantly increase your motivation to exercise. There’s no need to be concerned about having to exercise in tight spaces, or driving to the gym to wait on the next available exercise machine.

Allows you to exercise on a small budget. There’s no need for you to break the bank with this form of exercising. Some jump ropes are available for less than $10. Start off with a lightweight rope with plastic beads. Jump ropes that are priced higher than $10 may be weighted or speed ropes. Such ropes are not necessary when you’re now starting out. Once you’ve developed your jump rope skills, you can upgrade to these types of ropes.

Increases your desire to perform different exercises. There are multiple exercises you can perform with a jump rope, so there’s no reason for you to get bored. Some of these include the side to side, double criss-cross feet, rope swing, double hops, heel to toe, high knees, one foot hops, scissors, running on the spot, forward and backward, butt kicks, and two at a time. You can also increase your creativity by incorporating tricks and variations such as release, bell, straddle, and full turn into your routine. Follow The Park Club on Twitter for great gym workout and health tips.

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