When trying to make a decision on what type of exercise you should do, it’s important to stack up the benefits and weigh them against the possible drawbacks. That way, you can be sure that you will get the very best results for your time, effort, and sweat.
For instance, swimming is a great type of exercise but it does not load your bones so won’t strengthen your skeleton, is only really effective if you know how to swim properly and isn’t all that pleasant in the winter. You might not even live near a pool…
Then there is running. Running is very accessible but it means that you either need to head out in all weathers, take your chances with the traffic or limit yourself to running on a treadmill which, unless you’ve got one at your house, means you will need to join a fitness center.
Cycling is another good exercise alternative but weather, traffic, having to buy a bike and poor roads can make cycling for fitness less than an attractive proposition.
As excellent as running, swimming and cycling can be, you’ll find some irrefutable drawbacks which mean they might not have what you’re trying to find from a new exercise routine.
As is often the case, the best solution is often the simplest, and when it comes to exercise, that means skipping rope. Also referred to as skipping, jumping rope is easy, effective, and cheap. You can do it almost anywhere so when the climate is great you can head out into your garden and if it’s poor, duck into your garage or commandeer the lounge and speed rope in front of the TV.
Cost-wise, skipping rope is hard to beat; an excellent top quality skipping rope will cost you no more than £20.00 and will last for years. You don’t need to have £100 running shoes or other fancy equipment for speed rope; just some comfy clothes and regular workout shoes and you’re away!
So long as you begin slowly and build up gradually, jumping rope is very safe and unless you decide to skip in the middle of a street, there is very little chance of suffering some kind of vehicular accident – anything that cannot be said about running or cycling.
Jumping rope offers a lot of bang for your physical exercise buck and works just about every muscle in your body while strengthening your heart and lungs. As any medical professional worth, his salt will tell you; improved cardiovascular fitness is strongly linked to improved cardiovascular health so not only can jumping rope help you look great, you will feel great too.
So, what’s jumping rope good for? Just about every aspect of your health and fitness as well as your bank balance. It’s not a question of why should you speed rope but more a question of why shouldn’t you?!