Hop, Skip, and Jump Your Way to Fitness: A Fun Physical Activity to Stay Healthy!

June 08, 2012

By Kristi Cox, HSC training + program manager

Today, we'll spotlight the art of jump rope! As students and adults across the country get ready for summer, this activity offers a fun and easy way to work physical activity into your day.

According to the Jump Rope Institute, just 10 minutes of jumping rope provides the same health benefits as 30 minutes of jogging, two sets of tennis singles, 18 holes of golf, or 720 yards of swimming! This simple yet complex training technique is a bone builder, tones the legs and develops the left and right hemispheres of the brain. Ideal for adults and children alike!

Go For The Gold Outdoor Games_rszHere’s how to get started:

First, you’ll need a good pair of sneakers and a jump rope. Jump ropes come in a variety of designs including ones that are both adjustable and weighted. These are great to boost your workout intensity. Ropes range in cost from $8 to $30. This $8 rope gets great reviews!

Next, find a spot with plenty of room to accommodate your workout. This can be in a gym, basement, or outdoors.

Now, start jumping! Start off with trying to jump non-stop for one minute. Rest. Start up again, slowly building up to 10 minutes without resting. For some, this may take a few weeks.

Explore the variety of jumping styles that can be used as part of your workout here.

Now go hop to it!