The Jump Rope Travel Workout
Jumping rope is one of the best ways for travelers to get their cardio in quickly and anywhere.
The travel life makes it tough for you to find the time or place for a good workout.
Tough but not impossible.
You probably don't need as much time as you think and you probably don't need the place you think you do. Workouts do not need to last an hour and they don't have to be in a gym.
You have two options: the first is to walk on a treadmill at a 3.5 mile per hour pace for one hour.
The second option is to jump rope for 23 minutes.
Option one will give you a moderate workout and burn some calories. Option two will boost your metabolism, burn calories at a faster rate and improve your athleticism.
Which one would you choose?
It seems like a no-brainer but for some reason, more people choose to bore themselves to death on treadmills and minimize their fitness potential over the superior benefits of jumping rope. If all that isn't good enough, the jump rope could not be more perfect for travelers. It's inexpensive and easy to pack in your carry on and you can jump rope almost anywhere.
Benefits of Jumping Rope
Jumping rope comes with a ton of benefits for travelers looking to stay fit and healthy while they're on the road. From the low cost to the small size, a jump rope can and should be in every traveler's bag.
Here are some of the many benefits of jumping rope.
Improves Cardiovascular Health
Jumping rope will increase your heart and lung capacity by getting your heart rate and breathing up. The constant movement is good for your cardiovascular system and will improve your conditioning. It's a low impact movement compared to something like distance running. This means that you will burn fat and still preserve muscle.
Jumping rope will improve your speed, agility and coordination. You may think this matters little because you no longer play sports but do not forget that we are all athletes. Functional fitness is about helping you get better at everyday life and everyone can benefit from being faster, stronger and fitter.
As mentioned above, jumping rope burns calories at a faster rate than most traditional cardio exercises. A solid hour of jumping rope can actually burn as many as 1300 calories.
Builds Muscle and Strength
Nearly every major muscle group in your body is involved when you're jumping rope. Your lower body, and calves in particular, will get the greatest workout and this will lead to some toned legs.
How to Jump Rope
Learning the basics of jumping rope is not difficult and you should focus on getting your rhythm and timing down first. Just like learning any new skill, getting good at jumping rope requires that you put in the practice. Try to spend at least ten minutes a day developing your rhythm and timing. You should begin to feel comfortable with your form within a few days.
Remember these guidelines when getting started:
- Jump on the balls of your feet (no heels).
- Use your wrists to move the rope.
- Keep your hands slightly above your waistline.
- Find your rhythm.
- Keep your feet close together.
- Keep your knees slightly bent.
The Jump Rope Travel Workout
Now that we've covered just how awesome jumping rope is, how perfect it is for travelers and how to get started, it's time to show you the jump rope workout you can do while you're traveling. There are a ton of different jump rope workouts you can try but I prefer to keep things simple.
Pick a Number and Go
Depending on your jump rope ability, pick a number and do that many jumps. For example, I like to pick a number between 100 and 200 and do that many reps (or jumps). I rest for 30 seconds to 1 minute and I do it again. I'll do this as many times as I can for anywhere between 10 and 20 minutes. You can complete thousands of jumps in that much time and torch a ton of calories.
If you're good at jumping rope or are looking for something a bit more advanced, try double unders. A double under is where the rope makes two passes under your feet in a single jump. It requires a bit more conditioning and coordination but is a great way to burn fat quickly.
Jumping rope is incredibly effective for burning a ton of calories quickly and is perfect for travelers. Remember to spend time practicing and invest in a good jump rope.
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