Hotel Workout: Jump Rope

Hotel gyms are often limited when it comes to cardio equipment. If you are bored with the treadmill and stationary bike, jump rope is a great way to change up your cardio. If you are staying in a well built hotel (or on the ground floor), you can even use the jump rope for a hotel room workout and avoid the small hotel gym altogether.  (If you decide to jump rope in your hotel room, make sure your room has a high ceiling (at least 12″ above your head and the carpet is not too plush.  You may need to take your workout to another area if either of those factors are an issue.)

6 Reasons Jump Rope is a Great Hotel Workout

  • Jump rope is a great way to burn calories. According to WebMD, you would have to run an 8 minute mile to burn the same amount of calories (estimated minimum of 10 calories per minute).
  • Jump ropes are also highly portable. You can easily tuck the rope into a shoe or the pocket of your luggage.
  • Jump rope offers a full body workout because you are using your upper and lower body.
  • Jump rope does put stress on your knees, ankles and hips, but it is lower impact than running.
  • A study found participants who used jump ropes had greater appetite suppression than those who cycled.
  • Jump ropes are inexpensive. Many cost less than $20.

Jump Rope Basics

  • Choose a jump rope that rotates easily at the handles.
  • Find the right sized rope by stepping on the center of the rope with both feet. Pull the handles up towards your chest. The handles should reach your armpits.
  • Beginners should start with a simple jump rope (not beaded or weighted). This will ensure you maintain proper form until you are more advanced.
  • Advanced jumpers can use a weighted rope for more of a challenge.
  • Regardless of skill level, jump roping should be done wearing cross training tennis shoes (never barefoot).
  • Remember to keep your knees bent slightly and keep your weight on the balls on your feet.
  • Keep your chin up and look forward while you are jumping.
  • As a beginner, you only need to jump 1″ or less off the ground. More advanced jumpers can try more advanced moves like double-unders.
  • You do not want to jump on hard surfaces such as concrete because it hurt your knees. Plush carper will also be difficult to jump on.

Jump Rope Workout

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Now… Pack up your jump rope and hop to it!!

 

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Business Travel Life is an online resource supporting the road warrior lifestyle. We give business travelers the tools they need to maintain their wellness and productivity when traveling. The topics we cover include business travel tips, travel workouts, healthy travel hacks, travel products, general travel tips, and industry trends. Our goal is to make business travel a healthier experience – and to make healthy travel practices more accessible to all road warriors.

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Kristina Portillo, CPT, MS

Kristina is the founder of Business Travel Life. Her love of fitness and travel unified to create a resource for business travelers and road warriors who want to take a healthier approach to business travel. She has traveled for business on and off for the past eight years. Kristina received a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership from Colorado State University and received her Bachelors of Arts in Business Marketing from Chaminade University of Honolulu.

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