Question from Jamie Lee Cupido

Question

Hi Lisa

I hope and trust you are well? I wanted to start jumping rope as a form exercise. I just wanted to find out the benefits of jumping rope and is this a good way to tone and lose weight? And how much of time do you think I should spend on jumping rope daily? And how soon do you think I will see results? My main concern is my lower body. I will also incorporate other forms of excercises at home as well. Like light weights. Thank you, take care.

Submitted by Jamie Lee Cupido on 22 August 2014

Answer

Hi there, jumping rope is an excellent form of fitness – provided you have no knee or join issues, as it’s very high impact. Because it is such an intense exercise, you can burn a lot more calories in less time than traditional cardio like running or cycling. To build up your endurance, I suggest always practicing in intervals, where you intersperse regular jumping with sprinting intervals. If you practice this even just 10-15 minutes 3-4 times a week you will see a difference in a matter of weeks! As always, strength training is so important, and I would get heavy with the weights at least twice a week for real results. The weights should be heavy enough that you can only just manage 3 sets of 10-12 reps in each exercise. This is what will build lean muscle faster, and what will keep you burning calories long after you finish your session.

 

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