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Is Jumping Rope Good Exercise?

October 26, 2017 by Normand Richard, Certified Exercise Physiologist

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Is Jumping Rope Good Exercise?

Sometimes the best things in life are the simplest. A glass of cold water when you’re thirsty or a big hug when you’re feeling down. In terms of being active, the humble skipping rope is often overlooked, even though it’s a cost-effective and fun way to be physically activity.

Let’s “skip” right along to the benefits that the skipping rope can bring you.

It Gives You Physical Health Benefits

Skipping is considered moderate- to vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity. The faster you jump the higher your heart and breathing rates will get; now that’s some serious cardio! Plus, skipping is a weight bearing activity (meaning there is impact on your bones as you jump) so it will help keep your bones strong.  Keep in mind any sports with repetitive jumping/high impact may cause injuries. The key is to start gradually, and add some variety!

Jump Rope Workout: Turn up some good music, lace up your sneakers and find a cool, open space! Jump lightly for five-10 minutes to warm-up. Alternate jumping at a steady rhythm for four minutes then go faster for one minute. Repeat this four times. Cool down by jumping lightly for five minutes.

It’s Fun!

If you have kids, you’ll probably have seen them jump rope. They’re in on the secret…skipping is fun! Get them to teach you a thing or two. Most schools will have skipping ropes available for recess or kids will have them somewhere in their back pack; skipping ropes are light and easy to carry! Some jump single while the more advanced jumpers do double dutch (I never was able to master those, were you?). Jump rope even made the ParticipACTION 150 Playlist. Read these tips and tricks for skipping rope rookie’s young and old alike.

It Travels Well

On your next business trip, pack a skipping rope in your carry-on bag. Once you at your hotel, get the rope out, the tunes going, and get your sweat on.

On your next family road trip, use the skipping rope at rest stops and shake your legs out. The remainder of the trip might be surprisingly peaceful!

There’s no way I could write a blog about skipping without mentioning Jump Rope for Heart – a great long running fundraiser that benefits your heart (immediately) and heart research in the long-term.

Like I said above, sometimes the simple things in life are best. No need to overthink it, keep it simple and jump your way to staying active.


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