Three reasons to do ... a jump rope workout

The activity: Jump rope

Three reasons to do it now

• DQ your inner klutz: Rapid-fire jumps boost foot and ankle strength as well as coordination, translating to faster and fancier footwork on the tennis court, basketball court or soccer field, says Craig Ballantyne, C.S.C.S., the author of Turbulence Training.

• Tone that ticker: Jumping rope increases cardiovascular endurance, so you can go harder and longer in any activity you do.

• Fry fat fast: Jumping rope torches more than over 300 calories in as little as 20 minutes.