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Work Your Brain with Your Body

By Tom Herrin

As people search for ways to improve their health, they can easily find more things that they can sift through.  This is an age in which there are many packaged programs, modern facilities, and all kinds of makeshift plans. I often see a group at a park I drive by each day.  They appear to be one of those camps. It is nice to have so many choices. For those who want something with a little more solitude, there are still good options.  One of the easiest is jumping rope. Not only does it work people out physically, but also works them out mentally.

It Can Burn Calories Anytime and Anyplace

Jumping rope is great exercise for those who want to set their own pace.  It is believed that an hour of intense jumping can burn as many as 1,300 calories.  Most people jump at a much slower pace, but whatever they do will still burn calories.  People can start slow and work up as they wish. The fact that ropes can be carried easily makes jumping extremely convenient.  They can be carried in a purse, bag, or backpack. People can use them inside or out, at home or at work.

It Can Improve Bone Density

There has been a lot of attention to problems with bone density.  It seems to affect quite a large number of people. Jumping is considered to be one of the best ways to improve it.  Jumping rope for only a few minutes each day, or even several times per week, can strengthen bones. This can help people to avoid many of the injuries associated with weaker bones.  This should only be considered for those who do not have existing conditions affecting the bones.

It Can Improve Brain Function

When you jump rope, you are doing multiple operations.  This can help to exercise your brain just like your body. As you jump, you are forced to balance your body constantly, while landing on the balls of the feet.  You are also using the rope at the same time. This can help to work both sides of your brain. Increasing brain activity is believed to help prevent dementia. If you want something simple that can do several things for you, pick up a rope and try jumping.  In no time you will develop a rhythm and find your niche.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Atlanta, Ga.


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