Do you feel that your life is so busy, that you don’t have the extra time to hit the gym for a workout?
After you spend all day at your job and then fight traffic on the way home, you cook and eat supper.
It can be hard to go back outside in night weather and post-rush hour traffic to get to the gym.
If you’d rather stay home, you’re in luck.
There is a great way that you can get an excellent cardio workout right at home without going out in the rain or snow.
It turns out that jumping rope, that child’s toy from fourth grade is one of the best ways to get in shape and is incredibly inexpensive as well.
Just watch this video.
Start By Getting A Quality Jump Rope
Buying a jump rope is inexpensive. It won’t set you back financially, and the costs are worth the improvement in your health.
You may as well purchase the best quality jump rope that you can find. Just make sure to avoid a child’s toy and buy one made specifically for an adult jump rope workout.
The jump rope should have shatter-proof polyethylene handles. Handles take a lot of use and abuse but polyethylene plastic holds up nicely.
The handles should be solid, not hollowed out, and the rope should spin easily without obstructions when you try it out. This is an important consideration for speed and general purpose skipping.
The rope itself should be a vinyl cord that is solid and free of phthalates.
You should be able to adjust the rope’s length.
This rope itself must be able to strike the floor thousands of times without showing signs of wear.
A solid vinyl cord has little wind resistance so it maintains a perfect arc overhead even when used at high speeds. The rope length can be adjusted by tying a knot at a shorter or longer distance from the handle.
Getting The Right Length For Your Jump Rope
The trick to getting started with the proper length of rope is to stand on the center of the rope and then the tips of the handles should reach to the armpits. After that, you may still need to shorten the rope depending on how you hold the handles when you jump. When using it in your jump rope workout, the rope should brush the floor directly below your feet each time you jump. If it strikes in front of you, it’s too long and if it doesn’t strike at all, it’s too short.
Jumping Rope Is A High-Calorie Burn Cardio Exercise
One of the biggest reasons to do a jump rope workout is that you burn about 10 calories per minute.
Ten minutes means 100 calories.
That’s an large number of calories for such a simple movement.
Jumping rope also does an excellent job of strengthening your arms, shoulders, legs, ankles, and butt.
So, in addition to getting an effective cardio workout, you are burning lots of calories and toning up your legs, but5, thighs, arms, and shoulders. There aren’t many single workouts that can make that claim.
You can jump rope in your home, on vacation, during lunch hour at work and almost anywhere else since the rope is all you need.
If getting a good workout without going to the gym is one of your goals, you can’t go wrong with a jump rope.
All you need to do to have a complete body workout is add a couple of core body exercises, like planks, squats, or sit-ups, all of which you can do nearly anywhere when you have a few spare minutes of time.