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Jumping rope vs. Walking

The term aerobics literally means "with oxygen." Aerobic exercises involve large muscle groups, and can be maintained for long periods of time. This specific type of exercise trains the heart, lungs, and cardiovascular system to deliver oxygen to the body. With increased activity, the heart becomes stronger, and more efficient. Therefore, the body does not have to work as hard to deliver oxygen. As a person ages, this type of exercise becomes increasingly important. There are many different types of aerobic exercise; however, I am only going to focus on two types, which are Jumping rope and walking. Both of these workouts involve healthy cardiovascular activity even though one is high-impact while the other is a low-impact exercise. The first type of aerobic activity that I will be discussing is jumping rope. Jumping rope is performed in short bursts and at high intensity rope speeds of 200 RPM (revolutions per minute) on average. It targets a person’s anaerobic energy system and focuses on developing the fast twitch muscle fibers. Jumping rope develops improvements in speed, quickness, agility, balance, coordination, and explosiveness. Not only that, jumping rope strengthens, tones, and defines all major muscle groups in the upper and lower body. It especially develops leg, knee, ankle, and foot strength. Research confirms that jumping rope can dramatically improve cardiovascular health in workouts ranging only 5-10 minutes per day. It improves sports skills and concentration, and also, jumping rope is an excellent conditioner and warm up. It is a total body activity that incorporates all the muscles and quickly warms them before stretching, while helping to prevent injuries. It burns fat extremely fast, and is an excellent cardiovascular workout. Jumping rope is related to walking, because it is a type of exercise that is extremely beneficial to the body. Walking is a type of aerobic activity that improves cardiovascular...