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A simple jump rope is possibly the best cardio exercise device one can own. It is also the cheapest and most portable.
Jumping rope will burn also 11 calories per minute (more than anything else) while offering almost total body fitness. If you have the fitness and endurance to jump rope for half an hour, you can burn off one candy bar or one donut but few people could go that long even if they wanted to. At a very fast pace, maybe a donut in less than half an hour. However, nobody I've seen can go that long.
At my gym, it's mainly men who jump. Amazon has all sorts of jump ropes. Many people like the beaded ones and the weighted ones.
Done properly on the toes, it's a low-impact exercise. Most people seem to jump in 30-second to three- or six- minute stints. It is demanding for people over 25.
Just started skipping a few days ago after years away. It. Is. Brutal! But what a blast! I'm on a mission to hit some goals with the rope since I crushed my weight goal, (I hit it TODAY!). Might burn off a couple more pounds before the work is done, too. I'll have go get back to you on hitting the rope for a half-hour, though. Really, I'd be happy with 7 minutes! Here we go now!