We’ve all heard about the numerous benefits that regular exercise like jumping rope can provide. We’ve long understood the ability of jump rope to improve overall cardio-vascular health, endurance, strength, and self esteem. It’s been shown that 10 minutes of jumping rope is equivalent to 30 minutes of jogging. But did you know that jump rope can also help combat the aging process?
Research has shown that not only is exercise good for your health, it also helps combat aging. WebMD published a report in 2009 on a study done by lead researcher Ulrich Laufs, MD, of Homburg, Germany’s Saarland University. The article describes the effect that exercise has on telomere length in chromosomes. The shortening of telomeres as cells divide is thought to be a critical part of the aging process and eventually makes us more susceptible to diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. In the article Mr. Laufs is quoted as saying:
“This is the first time it has been shown at the molecular level that exercising has an antiaging effect on the cardiovascular system.”
Since jump rope is one of the best and most efficient exercises there is, it stands to reason that it is in the best interest of your long term health and well being to pick up a rope and start jumping. Just take a look at how great this 80 year old jumper looks. I hope I’m in that great of shape at 50, let alone 80!