Moderate-intensity rope jumping—about 100 to 120 skips per minute—burns about 13 calories a minute, according to the Compendium of Physical Activities.
This mode of exercise uses more muscle groups than jogging, and challenges your balance and coordination.
A jump rope is an incredibly inexpensive tool, and jumping rope can be done almost anywhere.
Jumping rope is also a great activity for athletes.
You can increase the challenge with more advanced variations that require different footwork and greater hand-eye coordination.