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Jump Rope Vs. Running

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learn the differences between jump roping and running and see how each effects your body in all different ways.

Many people enjoy exercising. There are many kinds of exercises you can do that will either build stamina, or strength. As far as stamina goes, there are many different ways that you can increase it. Jump roping is a great way to build stamina. And isn't that boring! Jump roping and running are two of the most common ways to increase your cardio. While jump roping, you can do so many different variations that will build and define different muscles in your legs. For example, if you just jump rope normally, your pace will increase. But what happens when your body is at your peak performance and you’re at your top speed? Well, the good thing about jump roping is that you can always go faster. After you are at a desirable pace on doubles, you can start mixing in other exercises to such as double jumping, single leg jumping, jumping backwards, single leg high knees, double leg high knees, feet alternations, etc. Different roping exercises build different parts of muscle. For instance, If you are doing high knees jumping, then you are mainly working out your Quadriceps (thighs). But, when you jump on a single leg for a minute, you are building calf muscle. A good thing about jump roping is that it improves foot speed, builds leg muscle, and you get just as much cardio from it as you would for running. At Princeton University, a student decided to do and experiment over how many calories you would burn from running and jump roping. To start this experiment, he set how many calories he wanted to burn and figured he would find out how long it would take for each exercises to meet those calories burned. The experiment turned out that if you ran an eight minute mile you would burn 200 calories. If you jump roped at 130 B.P.M. (Beats Per Minute) for ten minutes then you would burn the same amount of calories. But, say you are jump roping at 200 B.P.M. and you are more of an advanced jump roper, then obviously you are going to burn off those calories quicker. So there are many factors that come in to play when you try to compare the two. But there is one key difference, proven by college studies, jump roping is not as hard on your bones and joints as running is. Jumping a few inches off of the ground is allot easier on your body then running and taking leaps were most of the pressure is transferred specifically to those joints. People who were ran on a regular basis all throughout there life have a much higher risk of joint trouble then you would off of jump roping. Cardio wise, They both are different depending on how much of everything you are doing. Also, when you run you build leg muscle, but overtime you develop muscle memory, because, you are moving in the same motion time after time after time. Jump roping is good because if you mix up you workout routine, it shocks your muscles, thus resulting in you constantly building leg and calve muscles.


Daniel de Villiers
Posted on Jan 29, 2011
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