10 minutes of skipping is roughly the equivalent of running an 8-minute mile..
A skipping rope (British English) or jump rope (American English) is a tool used in the sport of skipping/jump rope where one or more participants jump over a rope swung so that it passes under their feet and over their heads. Skipping may be used as a cardiovascular workout, similar to jogging or bicycle riding.
Ten minutes of skipping is roughly the equivalent of running an eight-minute mile. Skipping for 15-20 minutes is enough to burn off the calories from a candy bar and is equivalent to 45-60 minutes of running depending upon the intensity of jumps and leg swings.
It’s the ultimate fun, high intensity workout, allowing you to regress to your childhood while jumping over the skipping rope and burning calories at the same time.
How To Start Skipping?
- Adjust the length of your rope.
- Hold the handles at the ends of the rope, one in each hand.
- Step in the middle of the rope, keeping the length taut with the ends stretched upwards.
- Shorten the rope until both ends reach your armpits.
- Step in front of the rope and swing it from the back to the front.
- As the rope reaches your feet, jump.
- Keep your legs straight.
- Land softly on the floor.
Health Benefits of Skipping:
- Skipping is a full body workout which uses your abdominals to stabilise the body, legs for jumping, shoulders and arms for turning the rope.
- Skipping can improve your mental health by releasing endorphins, a hormone which is known to ease depressive moods.
- A regular skipping session improves muscle tone in both the lower and upper body.
- Skipping is a weight-bearing exercise so can help in improving bone density, thus helping stave off osteoporosis.
- Skipping for weight loss is a common reason people take up the activity, so you’ll be pleased to know one hour of rope skipping will burn up to 1,600 calories.