Shape up your shoulders, arms, and hands and burn calories with the simplest of tools - a rope!
Whether you climb it, jump it, or make undulating waves with battle ropes, you can torch calories and tone every muscle in your body. Plus, jumping - an activity most people don't do enough - strengthens bones.
For more of a challenge, find a heavier jump rope (not one with weighted handles, which can stress wrists). Other benefits of rope work include better coordination and reaction time, which is good news whether you play softball or catch that Christmas ornament before it crashes to the floor!