We all know its important for us to exercise to keep our body fit and fine, some of us like to take it to the other extreme and push ourselves and set newer boundaries. A secret? Those are the kinds of people who have their skin glowing and the right juices working on the fat and trans fats in the body all day.
Take a look at what happens in your body when you engage in the following activities :
Here’s a minute-by-minute rundown of the amazing chain reaction walking and exercise has upon your body, it’s truly amazing!
Minutes 1 to 5
Your first few steps trigger the release of energy-producing chemicals in your cells to fuel your walk. Your heart rate revs-up from about 70 to 100 beats per minute (bpm), boosting blood-flow and warming muscles.
Any stiffness subsides as joints release lubricating fluid to help you move more easily. As you get moving, your body burns 5 calories per minute, compared with only 1 per minute at rest. Your body needs more fuel and starts pulling from its carbohydrates and fat stores.
Minutes 6 to 10
Heartbeat increases from 100 to about 140 bpm, and you’re burning up to 6 calories a minute as you pick up the pace. A slight rise in blood pressure is countered by the release of chemicals that expand blood vessels, bringing more blood and oxygen to working muscles.
Minutes 11 to 20
Your body temperature keeps rising, and you start to perspire as blood vessels near the skin expand to release heat. As your walk becomes brisker, you’ll be burning up to 7 calories a minute and breathing harder. Hormones such as epinephrine and glucagon rise to release fuel to the muscles.
Minutes 21 to 45
Feeling invigorated, you start to relax as your body releases tension, thanks in part to a dose of feel-good chemicals such as endorphins in your brain. As more fat is burned, insulin (which helps store fat) drops–excellent news for anyone battling excess weight or diabetes.
Minutes 46 to 60
Your muscles may feel fatigued as carbohydrates stores are reduced. As you cool down, your heart rate decreases and your breathing slows. You’ll be burning fewer calories but more than you were before you started. Your calorie burn will remain elevated for up to 1 hour.
All this happens without a single conscious thought from us – the human body is amazing.
Jumping Rope –
1. IT BURNS FAT
Traditionally, jumping rope falls under the category of cardiovascular exercise. When jump ropes are used for longer duration sessions, you can burn a lot calories. The great thing about varying your jump rope training to include shorter, high-intensity interval sets (especially with a weighted rope) is that you are getting much higher muscle activation and recruiting more muscle fibers for both upper and lower body. This will actually help you build muscle over time, which can make your body more efficient at burning calories. Think of the difference between a distance runner’s physique and a sprinter’s physique and that will give you a good analogy of the different results you can get from varied jump rope training routines.
2. IT BOOSTS ATHLETICISM
The jump rope is an excellent tool for enhancing athletic performance and is one of the main reasons the rope is so popular. Anyone that competes in a sport that involves coordination, footwork, quickness, hand speed, agility, rhythm, and even power – whether competitively or recreationally – will definitely benefit from training with a jump rope. If you take a look back at video archives of the best boxers in history – Sugar Ray Robinson, Muhammad Ali, Mike Tyson, Floyd Mayweather – you will find that they are amazing with a jump rope. Jamaican gold medal-winning sprinter Usain Bolt smuggled a jump rope into the stadium (for some reason they weren’t allowed) for use prior to his races in past Olympics. The top athletes are using jump ropes because there are so many performance benefits.
3. IT IS PRACTICAL
There are definitely some other great considerations to take into account with the jump rope. They are very portable. If you are traveling or have limited space in your gym bag, it’s a convenient tool to have. If you look at the expense of typical cardio machines – treadmills, ellipticals, or stationary bikes – those can cost hundreds and thousands of dollars. You can get a decent jump rope for a few bucks.
4. IT’S SKILL WORK
One of the main perks of the rope is the satisfaction and enjoyment that comes with it. The initial difficulty of learning to jump is often a barrier for people. It takes time and effort to learn to jump rope and learn a variety of skills and that’s why you might not see a whole lot of individuals jumping at the gym. Anyone can hop on a machine. Learning to jump is a very satisfying feeling. It keeps people engaged and challenge and helps to avoid the monotony inherent in many other types of cardiovascular exercises that lead to disinterest.
5. IT’S A VERSATILE CARDIO TOOL
A random jump roping session might not do much to increase VO2 Max. But within the context of a high-intensity interval routine – say, Tabata routine – jumping rope can be easily integrated to achieve great results. You can also jump rope between sets of other exercises, go for time or total skips, etc., to suit your needs for that workout.
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