Jump Rope Can Help Fight Aging

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!

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Molly is Still Fast… REALLY Fast

We already know that Molly Metz is fast. And how did she get so fast? She practices hard. REALLY hard.

This video is guaranteed to motivate you to pick up your jump rope and head to the gym.

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Jump Rope Training – Learn How To Jump Like a Boxer

Here on JRV we tend to focus a lot more on the sport of Jump Rope rather than jumping rope as a training tool for other sports. However, there are probably many more people that jump rope strictly for exercise than there are people who compete in jump rope tournaments. Jump Rope is an excellent training tool for all other sports. Boxers in particular love to use jump rope as part of their training. It’s quite simply the best exercise there is. It’s great for improving foot work and for conditioning arms and legs. Not to mention that it burns calories crazy fast.

This is a great video of a workout by Boxing expert Ross Enamait from RossTraining.com. In the article that accompanies this video, Ross gives some nice tips on rope selection. He suggests using wrist weights instead of weighted ropes. He also breaks down some of the tricks he does in the video. The aesthetics of these tricks aren’t important. This isn’t a jump rope tournament or a performance. The goal is to get an intense workout, not to make it look pretty. I don’t think I’ve seen a jump rope workout more intense than this.

This is guaranteed to melt some fat in a hurry:

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