Jumping Rope

Cardio is one of the most important things you can do for your body, whether you want to lose weightbuild muscle or improve your health.  The great thing is, there are plenty of choices for cardio exercise.  Anything that gets your heart rate into your target heart rate zone will work.  The confusing thing is, there are so many choices out there…which exercises are the most effective? There’s no ‘right’ cardio exercise and the best choice is the one you enjoy and the one you’ll work hardest at, but there are some that work best if your goal is to blast calories and get in great shape.

 Jumping Rope

Jumping rope is another calorie-scorcher and, as an added bonus, a jump rope packs easily in your suitcase, making it an excellent travel exercise.  A 145-lb person can burn a whopping 330 calories with a 30-minute workout, but you’ll want to slowly work your way up to that.

Start by jumping for 1-2 minutes at a time, taking breaks by marching in place and swinging your rope in a figure eight motion.  Continue alternating for 10-20 minutes and, over time, gradually increase the amount of time you jump while decreasing your rests.  You can add variety by trying different foot patterns (jumping on one foot, scissor jumps, etc.).

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Hi, thanks for stopping by at my website. This is my journey to achieve 202 pounds of lean body mass and 15% Body Fat. Let me explain. Weighing yourself with traditional scales is very important, but you also need to measure your body fat as well. You could go to the gym and weigh yourself before and after a long run. The second weigh in, you may well have lost two pounds – that is water from sweat, not body fat. So, my goal is to be 202 pounds LBM and 36 pounds of fat – a total of 238 pounds. When i’m there, my goal is to be 202 pounds LBM and 22 pounds of fat – a total of 224 pounds. This blog will chart my progress.

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