4. Increase endurance
Building stamina is another huge benefit of jumping rope for your body. And, it's important! Our body's ability to sustain more energy for longer periods of time has a big impact on overall quality of life.
Playing sports, getting a simple workout at the gym, taking a hike with friends, or even playing with your kids ...... No matter what activity is performed, endurance plays a huge role in our ability to enjoy ourselves and succeed.
Fortunately, there are not too many forms of aerobic exercise that are more effective in this area.
Jumping rope has actually been shown to improve cardiovascular endurance and muscular endurance. What this basically means is that the body's heart is able to work longer and more efficiently through consistent training. And, the muscles, especially the leg muscles (quadriceps, calves and hamstrings), are able to work longer and more efficiently.
5. Stress relief
One of my favorite physical benefits of jumping rope is its effectiveness in reducing stress.
With work stress, financial stress, social media and TV, there are more things we feel stressed about wherever we go. And, it is wreaking havoc on our bodies. Stress, overtime, weakened immune systems, can lead to high blood pressure, fatigue, depression, the list goes on and on ......
Honestly, it now seems that if you are not constantly stressed about something, then you are instead an exception.
Actually, it doesn't have to be that way. There are some very real ways to deal with that stress. Exercise, especially jumping rope, is a great place to start.
Unlike many exercises, jumping rope is usually both aerobic (60 - 80% of your maximum heart rate) and anaerobic (80 - 90% of your maximum heart rate). This means it taxes the body's energy reserves in a very dynamic way, one that works wonders in relieving stress.
There's plenty of evidence that skipping rope reduces stress. And it's not just stress, it can increase happiness and self-esteem!
6. Increase bone density
This may be something you didn't think of, but jumping rope actually has some very real benefits for your bones.
When performing any type of activity or exercise, we apply weight to our bones, and in creating a certain impact, the density of the bones increases. This is definitely not something that happens overnight, but with consistency, one can expect our bones to get stronger.
7. Improve coordination
Improving hand-eye coordination and footwork is also what jumping rope can do for your body. And, it seems to improve in a relatively short period of time.
That's why you see a lot of boxers jumping rope.
Jumping rope is one of the few aerobic exercises that requires synchronization between your arms and feet. It requires timing, rhythm and focus. Similar to rubbing your stomach and patting your head ...... this takes some practice.