Sometimes, you make plans to work out. You might do all of the prep work: you pack your gym clothes the night before, make sure you have your water bottle and a healthy snack, you clear your schedule, and then, boom! Something happens and your carefully constructed plans vanish in smoke. What’s an intrepid gym rat to do? Don’t worry, there are many things you can do at home that will give you a great workout, even if you don’t have access to free weights or a treadmill! Here are some great options:
Jumping rope is a great cardiovascular workout and can be fun as well. It not only trains the heart, but it helps with muscle endurance, coordination, balance, stability, and explosion. The primary muscles that are being trained are the shoulder muscles, forearms, calves, and quadriceps. The quick explosive movements are the main feature of why jumping roping is so successful. Bruce Lee once said that jumping rope for 10 minutes is comparable to running for 30.
Tips For Jump-Roping
1. Speed it up to increase the heart rate and burn more calories.
2. Jump rope before breakfast to increase fat loss, this allows the energy to be burned from fat rather than food.
3. Don’t just jump with both feet, switch between the left and right. (more…)