6 Surprising Benefits of Jump Rope 15th Apr 2016 by Matt Hopkins #1 - Calorie Cooker Very few exercises burn calories like jump rope. Even jumping at a very moderate rate burns 10 to 16 calories a minute. According to Science Daily, 10 minutes of skipping rope is about equivalent to running an 8-minute-mile. There’s a reason the American Heart Association created an entire movement around jumping rope (ever heard of Jump Rope for Heart?). #2 - Build Agility & Quickness Want to get "lighter on your feet?" Skip rope every day for a few minutes. When you jump rope on the balls of your feet, body connects with mind to make "neural muscular adjustments" to keep you balanced. Essentially, skipping rope improves your balance and quickness/coordination by making your mind focus on your feet for sustained periods of time, even if you're not conscious of it. Boxers know this. Why do you think jumping rope is a favorite exercise for the best boxers in the world? #3 - Increase Bone Density The medium impact of jumping rope increases bone density, but isn’t as hard on your joints as running because the impact of each jump is absorbed by both legs. In fact, according to Dr. Daniel W. Barry, a researcher who has studied the bones of the elderly and of athletes, the latest studies show simply jumping is one of the very best exercises for improving bone density. #4 - It's Good for Your Brain We know that exercise (even as little as 20 minutes) is good for the brain. But did you know that activities with BOTH physical and mental demands (like slacklining, ballroom dancing or jumping rope) have higher impacts on cognitive functioning than exercise tasks alone (like the treadmill or stationary bike). Turns out the very best workouts for brain health involve coordination, rhythm, and strategy. #5 - Jump Rope Tech Modern fitness ropes come with ball-bearing handles, ultra-fast cables and easy sizing systems (and the color customization options are endless). New "smart" jump ropes will count your jumps. Even the new beaded ropes can be customized with your favorite color of ultra-light, unbreakable beads. #6 - Affordability Of all the fitness options out there, rope jumping is still one of the most affordable. Even a topof-the-line fitness jump rope is only $20. Very simple (but good) ropes can be purchased for as low as $3. And, depending on the surface you jump on, a rope should last you a while.