Get ready to jump for joy! Not only is jumping up and down one of the most fun, enjoyable and care-free parts of the Universal Happy Dance, but according to a new study from Japan, it is also the best exercise for weight loss! Whether you prefer to jump rope, spring on a trampoline, hop in and out of obstacle-course tires or jump boxes, here’s why jumping could be the most effective – and liberating – way to lose weight.
Why Jumping Is The Best Exercise For Weight Loss
Jumping is a total body exercise. In order to jump up and down, you have to activate almost all of your muscles, and use them in different ways – for force, inertia, balance, stamina, etc. This is drastically different from riding a bicycle or running, for example. For the most part, the best exercises for weight loss are the ones that incorporate your entire body, involving both a cardiovascular element and a strengthening element.
Unlike a machine, you have to rely on your own exertion to jump rope for a long period of time. Jumping rope (or other jumping exercises) can seriously ramp up your workout in a variety of ways. You can jump rope to warm up your whole body before a workout. Or you can perform a metabolism-boosting, fat-blasting cardio workout by alternating sets of fast, hard, high intensity jumping with lighter, lower intensity jumping (high intensity interval training, or HIIT). Jumping rope can also be used as a light cool down at the end of a workout.
Another bonus of jumping exercises is that they can be performed in just about any place that you have sufficient floor-to-ceiling space, not requiring you to go to the gym. Most jumping equipment, like ropes, single-person trampolines, steps and boxes, are fairly light in weight, don’t take up much room, and can easily be stored in a closet or under a bed.
Another Incredible Reason Why Jumping Is The Best Exercise For Weight Loss
In the Japan study, 15 healthy men participated by either jumping rope for 30 minutes, riding a stationary bicycle for 30 minutes, or by resting for 30 minutes on each day of the study. The researchers discovered that the men were significantly less hungry after jumping rope, compared to hunger levels after resting or after cycling. By acting to dramatically reduce appetite, jumping proved to be the best exercise overall for weight loss.
Researchers believe that the reason jumping is such an incredibly effective method for weight loss could be because of the vertical movements it involves, as compared to exercises that only involve horizontal movements. They hypothesize that vertical exercises promote more “gut distress,” and this causes a reduction of appetite.
Other Jumping Exercises For Incredibly Effective Weight Loss
While the Japan study exclusively looked at jumping rope, it’s likely that these superior weight loss results extend to all forms of jumping. Single-person trampolines can be found in most sports equipment stores, and can comfortably be used (and stored) just about anywhere that has sufficient floor-to-ceiling clearance. Tires set up in obstacle-course style require you to alternate one-legged hopping, adding an additional coordination challenge, stability challenge and strength challenge. If the simple storage and travel-friendliness of jumping rope is the most appealing, than challenge yourself by using ropes that have weighted handles. Or another jumping exercise that’s really picking up in popularity now is box jumping, that has exercisers jumping onto tall boxes or stacked steps.
So next time you workout, skip the treadmill and grab a rope instead. Or just stop whatever you are doing right now, lift up your arms, go into a deep knee bend, free your mind, deeply exhale – and JUMP! As the best exercise for weight loss — and hands down, one of the best ways to get to your happy place — there’s really no reason not to.