Exercising can be healthy but there are many routines to choose from. Find out what results jumping rope 30 minutes a day offers and whether it is a good idea.
The first important thing to note is that jumping rope can be challenging for your body. Especially for people who are not used to exercise and/or have a few extra pounds to lose.
To avoid injuries but still see results, these types of people generally want to start with low-impact exercises like walking, cycling, rowing, using an elliptical machine, etc.
That being said, if your body can deal with it, working up to 30 minutes of jumping rope a day and sticking to it can offer a few valuable benefits.
Some of these include burning nice amounts of calories, potentially helping weight loss, and improving cardiovascular health, coordination, sleep, mood, etc.
Lastly, while this jump rope routine does offer valuable benefits, it is also generally recommended to implement weight lifting workouts for goals like weight loss and general health.
Jumping rope for 30 minutes on these days can be a bit too much for your body.
What results you can get from jumping rope 30 minutes a day
Before going into the positive results you can get from a jump rope routine like this, you need to keep in mind that this workout can also (temporarily) be too challenging for your body.
This will be discussed more in-depth below but for now, you just need to know that the effects below are when doing the 30 minutes of jumping rope a day without issues.
You can burn more calories
One of the most popular goals when implementing more exercise, especially cardiovascular activities like jumping rope, is burning more calories.
Calories are a way to measure energy. When moving your body more intensely by jumping around, you will exert more energy, aka burn more calories.
Exactly how much you will burn depends on things like your weight, body composition, exact intensity, hormone levels, etc.
That being said, it is possible to make rough predictions about the amounts of calories burned while jumping rope.
In the table below, you can find these estimations for people of different body weights jumping rope at different intensities for 30 minutes.
|Jump Rope Intensity |
|Slow Tempo||Moderate Tempo||Fast Tempo|
|125 Pounds (56 kg)||236 calories||295 calories||354 calories|
|155 Pounds (70 kg)||293 calories||366 calories||439 calories|
|185 Pounds (83 kg)||350 calories||437 calories||524 calories|
|215 Pounds (97 kg)||406 calories||508 calories||610 calories|
30 minutes of jumping rope can definitely be effective in terms of burning calories. Especially if you do it every day for a month or longer.
You could lose some weight
Weight loss results are related to burning calories but because this will be a goal for many people trying to implement 30-minute jump rope sessions every day, this subject deserves a bit more explanation.
Gaining weight, more specifically body fat, is the result of extracting more energy from food than is going out. In a situation like this, your body stores the energy for later use.
Luckily, it is also possible to reverse this process. When your body requires more energy than is coming in from food, it gets the difference from energy stores like body fat.
Jumping rope for 30 minutes a day can help you get to this point or make the difference bigger, speed up fat loss results, and get you to the before after pictures you want faster.
If a 155-pound (70kg) person would start at a weight balance and keep their non-exercise lifestyle habits the same, it would take this person about 10 days to burn a pound of body fat which is about 3500 calories.
However, having an exercise routine like this is no guarantee for losing weight either. Additionally, you can lose weight without any exercise if you get the other lifestyle habits right.
In short, jumping rope for 30 minutes a day could help you lose some weight but keep in mind that other lifestyle habits like nutrition play a big role in whether and to what extent this will happen.
Your cardiovascular system will likely get stronger
Jumping rope does engage a nice amount of muscles but it is still mainly a cardiovascular workout.
Your cardiovascular system includes your heart, lungs, and blood vessels. These body parts are responsible for extracting oxygen from the air and moving the oxygen, nutrients, and waste products to the right places.
Similar to other body parts, you can strengthen your cardiovascular system by challenging it enough (but not too much) with exercises like jumping rope.
Unless you are already in great shape and jump at a very slow pace, working up to 30 minutes of jump rope a day will likely be enough to strengthen your cardiovascular system.
This leads to a reduced risk of a variety of related conditions and will make activities like walking up the stairs easier.
Your coordination could improve
It is easy to forget that coordination, moving body parts where you intend to move them, is a skill that can be trained.
If you are currently not used to jumping rope at all, you will likely notice this when working up to 30 minutes a day.
Initially, you may hit the rope a lot and only spend up jumping 20 of the 30 minutes. Over time, the amount of time you don’t hit a rope will likely increase.
In short, implementing a jump rope routine can potentially improve your coordination in your legs and arms. This can help you avoid misstepping and/or bumping around.
You may sleep better
Most people know that the quality and duration of their sleep play a big role in areas like their health, mood, and cognitive performance.
At the same time, not everyone knows how to achieve these things.
Something that can actually improve sleep quality and duration is a good workout routine like for example jumping rope for 30 minutes a day (1, 2, 3). Especially if you do it outdoors when the weather allows it.
One thing you do want to keep in mind is that exercise too close to bedtime can actually cause the opposite.
This may still be worth it due to the benefits of exercise but if you have the choice, you preferably do your jump rope sessions somewhat earlier in the day.
Your muscles could last longer
As mentioned before, jumping rope is mostly a cardiovascular exercise. It does engage your muscles but typically not enough to actually grow and strengthen them.
That being said, working these muscles at lower intensities can still offer benefits.
More specifically, something you may notice is that the endurance in your caf, quadricep, glute, hamstring, shoulder, forearm grip, and core muscles becomes better.
In simpler words, these muscles could be able to exert effort for longer amounts of time than before.
This can make daily activities and other exercises like walking, carrying things, climbing stairs, standing up, etc. more comfortable and easier.
Is jumping rope for 30 minutes a day optimal?
By now, it is clear that jumping rope for 30 minutes a day can potentially offer valuable benefits.
However, that does not mean this routine is optimal for everyone and all fitness goals. There are a few reasons why you could consider other exercises and durations.
Is it too much?
One of the first concerns with this routine is that jumping rope can be relatively hard on the human body. Especially for people who are not used to exercising and/or have a few pounds to lose.
For these people, going straight to 30 minutes of jumping rope a day can lead to injuries.
If you are in one or two of the categories below, it is likely smarter to start with other types of workouts like walking, cycling, using an elliptical machine, rowing, etc.
You could also start with fewer jump ropes and slowly work up to 30 minutes but this may leave some results on the table compared to the exercise alternatives while not offering that much more strengthening.
Another option is starting with a certain jump rope routine and reducing intensity or duration if you feel signs of overtraining. However, it is still generally smarter to start with other activities first.
Should you do other workouts too?
Something else to note is that other types of workouts, especially lifting weights, are generally recommended for fitness goals like losing weight and general health.
These guidelines are not perfect but the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion recommends the following amounts of exercise for adults (4):
- Moving more and sitting less throughout the day
- At least 150 to 300 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity or 75 to 150 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic activity a week. Preferably spread throughout the week.
- You can gain additional health benefits by engaging in physical activity beyond the equivalent of 300 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity a week.
- Muscle-strengthening activities of moderate or greater intensity that involve all major muscle groups on 2 or more days a week.
In theory, you could also do the 30 minutes of jumping rope on weight lifting days. However, in practice, this will likely be too much for your body and interfere with getting the results you want.
Additionally, you don’t need to do a workout like that every day to hit the weekly recommendations for cardiovascular exercise.