Who knew that a favorite childhood pastime could actually be so good for you? Jumping rope is a great exercise for anyone because it requires very little space and equipment. In addition to getting your heart rate up, jumping rope also provides these great health benefits:
Lymphatic System Detox
The lymphatic system is a network of organs and tissues that helps rid your body of toxins by transporting lymph, a fluid containing white blood cells that fight infection, through your body. However, the lymphatic system does not have a pump to rid itself of the toxins that it collects. Because of this, it is important to help your lymphatic system detox with regular exercise. Research shows that one of the best ways to help rid your lymphatic system of toxins is by jumping. So, by jumping rope on a regular basis, you are helping this vital system in your body function.
Build Bone Density
Like muscles, bones are constantly tearing down and rebuilding themselves. As we age, the rebuilding process slows down, and in some cases individuals will develop osteoporosis. To prevent this, it is important to make sure you are getting enough calcium and vitamin D and exercising regularly. Impact on your bones helps aid the breakdown and rebuilding process. While jogging definitely provides enough impact to improve bone density, sometimes it can be too much impact, especially for weaker bones. In this case, jumping rope is an excellent alternative because you are distributing the impact evenly on both feet, as opposed to alternating between feet when jogging.
Support Brain Health
It’s nothing new that exercise is good for your brain. But research has shown that activities that are both physically and mentally demanding improve cognitive function even more. Jumping rope requires a certain level of coordination that challenges your brain as well as your body. To make things even more challenging, try switching up the direction you swing the rope or the speed. For even more fun, try crisscrossing the rope in front of you with each turn of the rope.
Even experienced athletes can benefit from jumping rope. Not only does this cardio exercise build endurance, it also improves agility. In order to successfully jump rope, you have to be quick on your feet, maintain balance, and keep your weight on the balls of your feet. By improving these skills, you will also notice an improvement in your ability to run, or quickly get to a ball on the tennis court.
Not only does jumping rope provide all of these great benefits, it is also fun! So, dust off that rope, put on your favorite workout playlist, and get to it!