By Jaclyn Emerick, SELF magazine
Jumping rope is the calorie zapper you shouldn't skip: It incinerates 100 big ones in fewer than 8 minutes. "When it comes to cardio, nothing burns better than jumping rope, and it tones head-to-toe," says Gerald Calvo, group fitness manager of Equinox in New York City and creator of its Rope Burn class. Fine-tune your form with his tips, then hop to it for up to 5 minutes for a warm-up, 20 minutes for a full cardio session, or 30 seconds between strength sets to drop pounds by leaps and bounds.
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STAND TALL: Keep neck relaxed and gaze ahead-resist the urge to look at your feet-to keep spine aligned. Lift chest and lower shoulders to avoid hunching, which can also strain the back.
SQAURE OFF: Hold elbows at sides, bent 90 degrees, with arms slightly forward, palms up. For smooth turns, it's all in the wrists. Rotate hands, not the entire arm, in small circles. Contracting shoulders, triceps andRead More »from The #1 Way to Melt Fat