Skipping… Don’t Skip Skipping Day!
I’m constantly looking at new and innovative ways to lose weight and improve fitness. Getting regular exercise into your daily routine can be boring, tedious and time consuming. Now if you’re lucky, you will enjoy working out. A lot of people find going to the gym to be a great stress relief. But at the same time I’ve met a lot of people who lack the motivation or desire to go to the gym. So how else can you lose weight? Skipping…
The term ‘skipping’ can have very childish connotations and not many people relate it to a serious workout. The fact that skipping is synonymous with 7 year old girls and professional heavyweight boxers is quite a range. But consider the latter. There’s a reason why you don’t see an overweight boxer. But before you huff and puff over that statement and argue that the 10 hour training sessions have something to do with their physique (and you would be right), there’s a reason why skipping is such an integral part of their training.
Float like a Butterfly, sting like a Bee
Boxers ‘jump rope’ to improve footwork and improve their conditioning. Using a skipping/jump rope helps hone skills that are vital in the boxing ring. It also helps them with their timing and builds up speed that is vital to become a successful boxer. Now I know what you’re thinking… “That’s great, but I’m not a boxer”. Well using a skipping rope on a regular basis will have just as many benefits for you as well.
Pros, pros and more pros
There’s a reason why I’m campaigning so much for the skipping rope. It’s such an incredible and versatile training tool that is massively overlooked in everyday training routines. Skipping ropes can be used whilst warming up, during a full workout, between weight lifting sets or even for a HIIT workout. In fact, there’s not much you can’t do with a skipping rope. It’s a great fat burning tool as well and is wonderful for increasing you heart rate. Dr Sara Solomon, something of a jump rope celebrity, states that, “It burns a lot of calories in a short amount of time. In just 10 minutes of jumping at 120 turns per minute, not only do you accomplish a total body workout, but you also burn 150 calories. In fact, just 10 minutes of nonstop jumping at 120 turns per minute provides the same cardiovascular benefits as 30 minutes of jogging”. It’s easier than ever now to replicate this with the JLL Counter Skipping Rope which counts the amount of turns you perform meaning that this is a massively achievable goal.
The benefits don’t just stop there. It’s also a great alternative to running and it’s low impact, meaning that it puts much less stress on the joints. So if you ever have a day where your legs need a rest, try a 20 minute skipping rope session instead! There’s no excuse to skip a skipping session (no pun intended)
By using a skipping rope, it allows you to tone, shape and strengthen every muscle in the body. It also improves balance and promotes good posture meaning everyday activities will be made much easier. It’s very effective at building leg muscle, so for all of you runners reading this, this is something to seriously consider.
The practicality of a skipping rope also makes this a must have piece of fitness equipment. You can take it and use it absolutely anywhere! You can use it at home, in the gym, in a hotel, on holiday, you can even use it in Church on Sunday if you fancy, just be careful not to whip Father Ted in the face mid service. The small and compact size of a skipping rope means that it can be packed with no trouble so there’s no excuse to leave it at home.
Cheap as chips
The cost (or lack of) is also a huge positive for the argument of the skipping rope. Starting from as little as £1.79, you can purchase a JLL plastic adjustable skipping rope that will allow you to jump right in (again, no pun intended) and start gaining all of the wonderful benefits of training with a skipping rope.
Problems? What problems?
Using a skipping rope is all pros and no cons. Now if you’re slightly worried that if you tell your colleagues at work that you’ve started skipping that they might liken your interests to that of Dora the Explorer, then you might be more comfortable to inform them that you’ve incorporated jumping rope into your training regime (See? Problem solved).
Never to be an individual who knocks something without trying, I tried this simple yet effective 10 minute skipping workout in the comfort of my own home using the JLL Counter Skipping Rope:
|Minute||Action||What To Do|
|0:00 – 1:00 Warm Up||Figure Eight||For a quick warm up, I use the figure eight technique. It’s simple enough, you just single the rope in the shape of a figure of eight. Stand with your feet a shoulder-width apart. Draw a figure of 8 in the air with the skipping rope and shift your weight from side to side as you move your arms across your body.
|1:00 – 2:00||Single Jump||As it says on the tin. Simply jump over the rope with feet together, one jump per turn.
|2:00 – 2:30||Step Touch||Holding the handles together, swing rope to the left and turn twice in a circular motion as you step to the left and tap right toes by left heel.
|2:30 – 3:30||Front-Back||Jump with your feet together, moving 6 inches forward over the rope. Then on the next turn jump 6 inches backwards
|3:30 – 4:00||Figure Eight|
|4:00 – 6:00||Slalom||Now we’re getting advanced. Jump over the rope 6 inches to the right, landing on both feet. On the next turn, jump 6 inches to the left.
|6:00 – 7:00||Jumping Jacks||Just do jumping jacks, but with a skipping rope!
|7:00 – 9:00||Running||Run in place while turning the rope.
|9:00 – 10:00||Single Jump||Cool down by reverting to a single jump.
After the workout I worked up a nice sweat and raised my heart rate considerably. The great thing about this, is that you’ll burn 135 calories which is great for 10 minutes work. By incorporating this a few times week then you’ll be burning fat in no time.
Taking skipping seriously yet? I come across all types and variety of fitness exercises or regimes and some are effective and some not so effective. Skipping definitely has to be one the more effective training exercises I’ve come across that’s hugely over looked in the world of fitness. Shop now for a JLL Counter Skipping Rope for as little as £2.35. Or you can grab one by visiting our Amazon or eBay stores.
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