Skipping rope can achieve a "burn rate" of up to 700 calories per hour of vigorous activity. Ten minutes of jumping rope is roughly the equivalent of running an eight-minute mile.
Skipping can avoid the knee damage which may occur during running, since the impact of each jump or step is absorbed by both legs. Skipping also helps strengthen the arms and shoulders. This combination of an aerobic workout and coordination-building footwork has made jumping rope a popular form of exercise for athletes, especially boxers, amateur and professional wrestlers.