I’m a huge fan of skipping because if it’s all I have time for then it’s a fabulously simple and effective cardio exercise. If I’ve got  more time and combine it with other key components of my workout, then it’s going to burn a heck of a lot in a short amount of time.

Here are some of the many benefits of Skipping :

It Improves Coordination

This is one of the main reasons Boxers do it – your brain needs to know what your feet and arms are doing. It also helps you to be lighter on your feet.

It Strengthens Feet and Ankles

It’s not only boxers who can benefit from skipping. Footballers and tennis players all know the importance of strengthening their feet and ankles because their sports require quick turning and stopping. And, because regular skipping strengthens the ankle joints and teaches us to stay on the balls of our feet, it’s really useful for runners too.

‘Feel the Burn’

I’m not a slave to calories, but it’s been estimated that skipping can burn up to 1,300 calories in an hour. I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t necessarily want to skip for an hour – still, good to know.

It’s Portable

There is no need for any fancy equipment, even a piece of old washing line will do. All you need is a bit of flat ground, and you’re away – so it’s also a great ‘go to’ when you’re short on time.

It Improves Bone Density

You can improve your bone density by simply jumping up and down, so skipping adds interest to that endeavor. Only one word of caution; if you have a history of osteoporosis, or it has been a factor in your family, I would always recommend checking with your Doctor first.

It Improves Cardiovascular Health

Skipping three to five times a week for between 12 to 20 minutes will increase your heart and lung health according to the American College of Sports Medicine – proven ‘bang for your buck’ :-)

So there you are – skipping is the real deal; get that rope out and skip your way to both happiness and a healthy body

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