Jump rope and jumping jacks

 

Hello! hello! today I am off to a late start with a post but decided I would talk about another two exercises. I am sure you have all witnessed them; jump rope and jumping jacks. Personally I have not done neither in quite a while, someone had asked me which I preferred and it was a tough call because honestly I am no pro at either one. I would probably choose jump rope just because it is a bit more fun and comes with different moves; although I could probably do more jumping jacks than jump rope. Anyhow, I thought this would be a fun discussion since they are both cardio based exercises. I am going to tell you a bit about them both and I want to hear from all you which you prefer and why. 

Jump rope

  • great calorie burner
  • good for the heart
  • strengthen the upper and lower body
  • you are putting direct stress on knees, ankles and hips
  • useful for “fit” individuals
  • do not jump rope on carpet, grass, concrete or asphalt, instead use wood floor or impact mat made for exercise
  • you shouldnt come more than 1 inch off the ground
  • lower impact than jogging or running if done properly
  • stay on your toes
  • improves coordination
  • portable
  • improves muscular endurance
  • improves bone density
  • 10 minutes of jump rope does more than 30 minutes of jogging
Jumping jacks
  • promotes weight loss
  • elevates the heart rate
  • full body workout
  • does well with interval training sessions
  • increases metabolism
  • enhance flexibility and tones
  • cardio exercise
  • makes for a good warm up exercise
Now it might seem at first glance that jump rope has more benefits but it doesn’t mean you won’t reap the same benefits when you do jumping jacks, just means you reap one before the other depending on the exercise and the amount of time you do it in. Both of these exercises serve as great cardio exercises and if someone has a hard time with jogging or running, these make for great substitutions. If you suffer from any lower body injuries, make sure to speak with your Dr, before participating. Would love to hear from you guys, let me know what you think of these two exercises!
Your fitness blogger,
Shay-lon xxx
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