Add Cardio to Your Pilates Workout – Jump Rope!

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9 Top Reasons Everyone Should Be Jumping Rope!

Thanks for this article written just a few days ago. Here are the top 9 benefits of jumping rope – an old cardio routine now gaining renewed attention and popularity. Highly effective and a needed break from your usual cardio routine. Some of these benefits will surprise you!
But more importantly, your body needs 3 kinds of exercise to be healthy – cardio, strength exercise and stretching. Most of us who do Pilates manage to get plenty of stretching and strength-building exercise from Pilates, but not that all-important cardio.
Here’s a great way to get it. (Note that you can get all 3 from Pilates mat exercises, but it’s a challenge – see my previous post about adding HIIT to your Pilates workout.)
Take a look at the new excitement about jump rope!

Top 9 Reasons Jumping Rope Is Really Good For You (#9 surprised me a lot!)

Jumping rope exercises add spice to the usual and boring workout routines. Without a doubt, a common barbell routine with a jump rope exercise incorporated is not only much better but also a fun take on the usual exercises done for cardio such as running or riding a bicycle.

Physical and Mental Benefits of Jumping Rope

Jumping rope is easy to do anywhere. It’s quite portable as it can fit easily into your bag which you can bring along on a trip, to school, work or done in the living room while you’re the kids — or watching TV. The benefits of jumping rope are several. To further inspire you to try the jump rope, we listed 9 #health benefits that should be more than enough reason to draw you in.:

1. Improves Coordination

Jumping rope actually improves your coordination by making you focus on your feet. Whether or not you are paying great attention to them, your brain is aware of what your feet are doing. This practice, over and over again, makes you “lighter” on your feet. The more tricks you do with the jumping rope, the more conscious and coordinated you have to be.

2. Decreases Foot and Ankle Injuries

When it comes to sports, it’s quite rare not to find anyone jumping rope as a form of exercise. Many athletes in tennis, basketball, football and other sports often suffer ankle and foot injuries from running and suddenly turning or pivoting. Jumping rope not only improves your foot coordination but also increases your overall strength in the muscles surrounding the ankle joint and in the feet which therefore reduces risk of injury. Jumping rope teaches players to stay on the balls of their feet, as opposed to being flat footed or on their heels.

And since you’re mostly focusing on the toes the entire time, you will find that staying on your toes when playing tennis will become easier and second nature.

3. Burns Major Calories

Compared to jogging for 40 minutes, skipping rope actually burns more calories. This aerobic exercise can achieve a “burn rate” of up to 1300 calories per hour of vigorous activity, with about 0.2 calories consumed per jump. Ten minutes of skipping rope can roughly be considered the equivalent of running a ten-minute mile.

4. Completely Portable and Fun

A jumping rope can go anywhere with you. Take it to school, take it to work. Cool down after a bike ride or warm up before your basketball game. Learn to do tricks and double dutch with your children or have competitions between you and your friends — how long, how low you can jump, how high, spinning — different kinds of tricks can be done with a jumping rope.

5. Improves Bone Density

It has been observed that the best exercise to improve bone density is simply jumping up and down. Jumping is great if your bones are strong enough to take the impact associated with the movement. If the doctor gives you a clearance when it comes to jumping rope, this could be used as a potential to further strengthen your bones!

For the rest of this fine article and 4 more reasons – the most surprising ones – go to http://www.fitandwrite.com/top-9-reasons-jumping-rope-is-really-good-for-you.

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