There are so many benefits of adding skipping to your workout. Firstly, you can buy a skipping rope for less than the cost of a cappuccino. Secondly, they’re very easy to use and skipping does wonders for your health. Last, but by no means least, you are able to take and use a skipping rope literally anywhere – or nowhere, if you’d prefer to stay home.
It’s for this reason that everyone seemed to take up skipping during each national lockdown. It’s also why we’re not hanging up our rope anytime soon. From the benefits of skipping to how to skip and the best skipping workouts, here’s everything that you need to know.
What Are The Benefits Of Skipping?
Skipping is a wonderful method for training power, speed as well as endurance. This type of workout has key benefits for ankle, pelvic and knee stability.
Skipping is one of the most efficient out there. Include intervals – so, go as fast as you can for a set amount of time, then slow down for a particular period, before repeating – and skipping can also make for a very effective HIIT workout.
One of the most significant benefits of skipping is that it’s a total-body workout, combining your arms and shoulders so much as it does your legs. In addition, it gives poor posture a helping hand by urging you to pull your shoulders back as well as out of the hunched posture in which you often spend most of your day.
Do A Skipping Warm-Up
If you are lifting weights, running or – alternatively – doing yoga, a quick skipping session can be an effective warm-up activity. Even just a few minutes of skipping will get your heart rate up, blood flowing, and muscles fired up.
Do A Skipping Workout Finisher
Although skipping is a great warm-up activity, it’s also great workout finisher. Get your cardio in by skipping for a few rounds at the end of your workout.
Include Skipping Into Your Strength Training
If you’re concentrating on weight training, including skipping into the cardio element of your current routine is a fun and effective way in order to build your endurance as well as burn calories in a shorter amount of time.
What You Need To Get Started With Skipping
There’s no “correct” type of shoe for skipping — comfort is key — however training shoes which are designed for CrossFit or HIIT that have ample cushioning to assist with absorbing the impact as your foot hits the ground have a tendency to work well.
Take your workout to an impact-friendly surface, in other words one with sufficient padding to assist with cushioning your joints. The suspended wood which is found in many decks is ideal. In addition, if you skip a lot, investing in a gym mat or rubber tiles to put over harsh surfaces such as cement or concrete can assist. A hardwood floor would be your next best option.
Even with the best intentions — and mats — which are available, jumping rope can still be incredibly noisy to those living below you, so if you do live in a flat, you might want to avoid skipping early in the morning or late in the evening (or take your workout outdoors, if you have the space).
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