Skipping or jump rope is a great exercise for those who have busy lifestyles, who don’t like exercise, hate going to the gym, or know they have to do something in the way of exercise.
It’s not surprising therefore that skipping is ever more popular amongst celebrities. So what are the benefits of skipping? It’s something I used to do.
Its benefits include:
- The effort it takes to skip for 10 minutes is equivalent to running a mile in eight minutes;
- Skipping has less impact on our joints than running does;
- It’s a good workout for all levels of fitness and is something you can do at your own pace;
- It helps improve blood pressure and heart rate;
- Skipping is a full body workout;
- According to the British Rope Skipping Association, (BRSA) just 10 minutes of skipping can have the same health benefits as a 45-minute jog;
- Skipping improves flexibility;
- Regular skipping improves muscle tone in the lower and upper body;
- One hour of skipping can burn up to 1,300 calories;
- Skipping improves balance and co-ordination.
Finally, skipping is also a weight bearing exercise; helps improve bone density that helps combat Osteoporosis. It’s also quick ‘n’ easy and is an amazing way to keep fit, without having to put too much effort in.