Check out this article from mindbodygreen about five exercises that can get you in better shape than running alone. The list includes jumping rope and some other key exercises.
An excerpt is below:
There’s no question about it: Most people think that running is the best way to get in shape, whether you’re looking to lose weight or just boost your fitness level. But unless you’re all out sprinting or running up hills, there are several high-intensity exercises that will give you more bang for your buck than simply going for a steady-paced run ever will.
So for those of us who aren’t the biggest fans of running, or if you’re just looking to mix things up a bit, here are five awesome exercises that will get you in better shape than running:
Burpees are an amazing full-body exercise that will leave you feeling breathless, sweaty and like you’ve conquered the world. Try doing 100 for time for a real challenge! When doing burpees, try and focus on keeping your core tight and going as fast as possible to get the most out of the exercise.