Jump Into Fitness

Moms everywhere try to find ways to squeeze in a workout and burn a few extra calories. It's easy to hop on a treadmill or head outside to walk, run, or bike, but what about jumping rope?

It's simple, it's inexpensive, and it burns calories. A new jumper can burn more than 300 calories in 30 minutes. Imagine how many calories you can burn once you have refreshed your muscle memory from childhood and you can really jump? According to WebMD, you would have to run an eight-minute mile in order to burn more calories.

You can't go wrong with a jump rope. It is good for your heart, arms and legs, and is easy on your knees. 

It's easy to start jumping rope. First, pick up a jump rope at your local sporting goods store. Next, simply begin start to jump and work on becoming consistent. How long can you go before you have to stop? If the rope trips you up, just set up and start again. The goal is not to become an amazing jump roper—it's to keep your heart rate up and burn calories.

Jumping rope is also a fantastic cross training activity. Runners can do it on their off days because it's considered a low impact activity, which gives runners the break they need. Jumping also improves balance, agility, and coordination. Because it works all major muscle groups, it is also great for endurance and cardio vascular health. Jumping rope can be a staple in everyone's workout program and can also start you back on the road to strength, fitness and weight loss.

The best part, jumping rope can be done anywhere. If you are brave enough, you can jump on the sidelines of your little one's sports practice. Or, you can jump in the back yard while your kids play. Jumping rope is an activity that you can do anytime, anywhere—great for the busy mom.

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Manchester Women's Health Examiner Loren Hallet is a writer and avid runner who is constantly trying to explore the best ways to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

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