There are plenty of exercises and workouts that I like, but I’m gonna go ahead and say that I love jumping rope. My mother taught me how when I was in grade school, and it became a source of joy and movement for me—not to mention it was the hottest social activity on the playground, and I happened to pick it up pretty quickly.
Since my younger years, jumping rope has served a different purpose in my life. It’s been there for me when I’ve gotten injured and needed to cross-train, and it gets my happy hormones flowing anytime I’m feeling off. Even a few minutes of jumping rope improves how I feel afterward, and for the rest of the day. Plus I can take my jump rope anywhere—something I can’t say about the rest of my workouts.
Did I mention that you only have to do a few minutes to start reaping benefits? Studies show that 10 minutes of jumping rope is roughly the equivalent of running an eight-minute mile. Yeah, I’m a runner and even I would choose to jump rope.
Next time you want to get in a little movement but don’t want to head to the gym, a class or leave your home at all, grab a jump rope and try this five-minute cardio circuit. It also makes a great warmup for any workout (or a post-workout finisher, if you’re trying to empty your tank).