Skipping is one of the best ways to really blast away those calories. Skipping for around 20 minutes will burn around 200 calories. The British Rope Skipping Association say that 10 minutes of skipping can have the same health benefits as a 45 minute run. It’s also a lot kinder on your joints than running. You don’t need any expensive gym equipment. You only need a skipping rope that you can easily take anywhere. It’s great for improving your fitness levels as well as your co-ordination. That’s why it’s a staple exercise for boxers for many, many years.
Skipping rope is a great muscle toning exercise as well. Your legs, abdominals, arms and shoulders get a great toning work out. You should start slow if you have not done much skipping before. A simple 5 minutes is a great starting point. You can increase your time once you have got your technique right. The key to improving is dedicating yourself to the full 5 minutes. Even if you only can do around 20 skips at first. I can guarantee you that if you complete the full 5 minutes on a regular basis you will improve. Before long it will feel natural and you won’t need to focus on your technique on every skip.
To make it more fun, once you’ve mastered the basic jump technique you can add different moves like doubles, one foot and cross overs etc. You can add interval training by doing 30 seconds of fast skipping then 30 seconds of steady skipping. The key is to keep it fun. Get your headphones on with your favourite music and mix it up.