Skipping has a lot of benefits going for it, you know. It’s the ultimate fun, high intensity workout – and it’s good for you! Skipping allows you to regress to your childhood as you jump over the skipping rope, while burning calories all at the same time.
So it’s hardly a surprise that various celebrities name it as one of their favourite ways to keep fit. Katy Perry is a huge fan, for example.”I love jumping rope,” she says. “I can double jump, I can cross, all of it. I look like Rocky!”
So check out these benefits of skipping, and maybe it’ll convince you to dust off your old skipping rope and give it a try for exercise…
1. The effort it takes to jump rope for 10 minutes is the equivalent of running a mile in eight minutes.
2. Skipping for weight loss is a common reason people take up the activity, so you’ll be pleased to know one hour of rope skipping will burn up to 1,600 calories (and you “don’t need to be a professional rope skipper” in order to burn that many, either, says the British Rope Skipping Association).
3. Skipping is a full body workout which uses your abdominals to stabilise the body, legs for jumping, shoulders and arms for turning the rope.
4. Skipping “improves coordination, stamina and focus,” says Virgin Active Master trainer, Dorota Maslewska. And that’s good for all aspects of life.
5. Skipping causes less jolting on your joints than running.
6. Once you’ve bought your rope, skipping is a zero-cost workout.
7. Skipping is “an incredible alternative to traditional cardio on machines such as the treadmill, cross trainer,” points out trainer Dorota. Perfect if you’re bored of your usual cardio.
8. Skipping can improve your mental health by releasing endorphins, a hormone which is known to ease depressive moods.
9. Skipping helps to improve heart rate and blood pressure. It can also help you “boost your immune system, balance your metabolism, and improve your overall health in a short period of time,” according to the British Rope Skipping Association.
10. Jumping rope is a good workout for all fitness levels as you can do it at a pace that suits you.
11. A regular skipping session improves muscle tone in both the lower and upper body.
12. Skipping is a weight-bearing exercise so can help in improving bone density, thus helping stave off osteoporosis.