National Skipping Day 26 March 2024

Thought about changing up or starting a new exercise regime? Skipping could be the answer!! There are many benefits to good old-fashioned skipping.

One of the biggest skipping benefits is that it’s a total-body workout, incorporating your arms and shoulders as much as it does your legs. It also gives poor posture a helping hand by encouraging you to pull your shoulders back and out of the hunched posture. Also, in one study, women who jumped on the spot three times a week for six months increased their lower-body bone density, getting the jump on osteoporosis in the process.

Skipping for weight loss is also a common reason people pick up the rope, with skipping burning almost 200-300 calories (based on half an hour of skipping a day).

If you are new to skipping or it’s been a while since you’ve tried, here are some handy tips:

  • Get the rope the right length! This is crucial and will make a big impact to your skipping ability Standing with both feet on the rope, the rope should come up to your armpits when pulled straight
  • Stay low to the ground, knees soft, and stay light on your feet to minimise impact
  • Your arms should be at a 45-degree angle and pulled into your ribs
  • Rotate from your wrists rather than your shoulders
  • Keep your core engaged throughout.

As with all new exercise routines, build up slowly to avoid injuries. If you are a beginner, you could start with 1-5 minutes of skipping, 1-3 times a week.

Once you get the hang of it, you could try some fancy footwork, including double-unders where the rope passes under your feet twice with one jump! Tricky!

How about setting yourself a skipping challenge today?

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