What other piece of exercise equipment fits into your handbag, can be used by the whole family, and improves cardiovascular fitness while toning muscle at the same time? And using it for just 15-20 minutes will burn off the calories from that doughnut you just ate? The answer: a skipping rope. Convenient, easy, and effective, skipping really is a no-brainer for your overall fitness, whether it’s part of a warm-up or included in your main workout.
If you’re not already jumping with joy, here’s why you should be:
- Improves heart health
- Increases concentration
- Improves coordination and balance
- Increases stamina and reduces fatigue
- Increases body flexibility
- Boost mental health
- Tones muscles and burns fat
It’s fun - which is a key factor for any exercise, because then you’ll be motivated to continue with it. It’s a great tool to feel young again, to take with you on holiday, and to have competitions between you and the family - how long, how high, how low you can jump - all kinds of tricks can be done!
Ready to start skipping, sis?
Skipping is one of the cheapest exercises available. You need minimal equipment, minimal space and you can practice anytime, anywhere — at home, in the gym, or outside.
Here’s what you need to kick-start your skipping routine:
- THE BOD Speed Rope
- Cushioned training shoes
- Cushioned surface
Time to master your skipping technique! Skipping is a pretty straightforward exercise, but to get the most from your routine you should make sure that you adopt the correct technique to avoid injury:
- Jump off and land on the balls of your feet.
- Avoid looking down at your feet, keep your head up and look straight ahead.
- Avoid hunching over; always skip with a straight back.
- Jump only a few centimetres into the air each time that the rope passes.
Once you’ve mastered the basics, you can do much more than simply jump up and down on the spot. Try a double jump, hop jump, or a crossover.
There you have it, sis. As well as adding variety to your workouts, skipping brings a wide range of fitness benefits.
What are you waiting for, sis? Skip to it with THE BOD Speed Rope!