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Lose the treadmill and jump your way into fitness

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Moms everywhere are always looking for ways to fit in a workout, burn a few extra calories, or just plain get off the treadmill. We all know that we can walk or ride, but what about jumping rope?

It's simple, it's inexpensive, and does it ever burn calories. A new jumper can burn more than 300 calories in 30 minutes just trying to jump rope, so imagine how many calories you can burn once you have refreshed your muscle memory from childhood and you can really jump? Accordingly to WebMD, you would have to run an eight-minute mile in order to burn more calories.

You can’t go wrong with a jump rope. It is good for heart, your arms and your legs, as well as easy on the knees. Start off with a simple exercise jump rope. You can find these at any sports store as well as Target and Walmart. Begin by just trying to jump and work on becoming consistent. How long can you go before you have to stop? If the rope trips you up, just set up and start again. The goal is not to become an amazing jump roper -- it's to keep your heart rate up and burn calories.

Jumping rope is also a fantastic cross training activity. Runners can do it on their off days because it's considered a lo- impact activity which gives runners the break they need. Jumping also improves balance, agility, and coordination. Because it works all major muscle groups, it is also great for endurance and cardio vascular health. Jumping rope can be a staple in everyone's workout program and can also start you back on the road to strength, fitness and weight loss.

The best part about jumping rope is that is can be done anywhere. If you are brave enough, you can jump on the sidelines of your little one's sports practice. You can jump in the back yard while your kids play. This is essentially an activity you can squeeze in anywhere, anytime. That is what makes it so great for moms.

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