Saturday, August 15, 2009
In my opinion, one of the best cardio workouts you can do is jump rope. It's cheap, you can do it anywhere, and you don't have to spend one hour just to burn an x amount of calories. FYI, in one hour you can burn up to 1000 calories. With jumping rope you can build your cardiovascular endurance, develop lean muscles, and improve coordination and balance.
If you're a beginner you want to start off slow and try to find a rhythm where you are most comfortable. The more you do it, the faster you'll get, and the more calories you'll burn.
Jump rope for 1 minute. Count how many times you jumped in one minute.
Now jump rope for another minute and try to beat the total amount of jumps you performed previous.
Try to remember your total jumps and continue to beat it each time you jump rope.
Also, for those who are little more advanced, my HS basketball coach once told me to listen to music while jumping rope.
Play three songs and try to jump rope non stop to each song. Music usually makes exercise more fun. Next thing you know, you've jumped roped through three of your favorite songs.