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Jumping rope is a great way to increase your cardiovascular health while losing weight and improving your mental health. It can be a stress reliever for some and can be done in a stationary location. Jumping rope can be an alternative to running if the weather is bad.
Many studies have shown that physical activity results in positive mental health outcomes, regardless of age or gender. These improvements are even more significant in people with anxiety and depression . These results are most likely to occur due to the exercise-induced enhancement of the major neurotransmitters dopamine and serotonin. These neurotransmitters can improve mood, reduce anxiety, and create a “euphoric” feeling , . Physical activity also promotes the secretion of endorphins , which can lessen the sensation of pain and also create a “euphoric” feeling .
Studies have shown that exercising, even for just 5 minutes a day, is associated with a decreased risk of death from cardiovascular disease . Vigorous exercise is needed to activate the metabolic pathways responsible for preconditioning and protecting the heart .
Research shows that physical activity can reduce the stress hormone cortisol, improving sleep quality, and stress-coping abilities .
30-45 mins, 3-5 times per week.
3-5x / week
Any time of day would work, but it is advisable to avoid the heat of the midday sun.