Skipping or Jump Rope, as it is called in some parts of the world, is simply the most beneficial and all encompassing sport or form of exercise.
Skipping is often thought of as a playground activity reserved for children who still frolic around swing sets and playgrounds. However, skipping, like a multitude of other forms of play, is often left behind with age. Through this article, let’s delve more into the benefits of skipping and how easily it trounces over other cardio exercises.
1) Physical Benefits of Skipping
- Burns up to 900 calories per hour, making it extremely efficient when used as a workout.
- Strengthens and develops muscles, tendons and ligaments. Skipping strengthens our very bones.
- Will help improve cardio-respiratory (heart and lungs) fitness (or stamina), flexibility, coordination, balance, rhythm and symmetry.
According to Science Daily, 10 minutes of skipping rope is about equivalent to running an 8-minute-mile/5-minute-kilometer.
2) Builds Agility & Quickness with Skipping
- Makes you lighter on the feet. When you jump rope on the balls of your feet, the body connects with the mind to make “neural muscular adjustments” to keep you balanced.
- Improves your balance and quickness/coordination by making your mind focus on your feet for sustained periods of time, even if you’re not conscious of it.
- Is hugely adopted by boxers all over the world. This is one of the favorite exercises for the best boxers in the world.
3) Skipping increases Bone Density
- Increases bone density. It isn’t as hard on your joints as running because the impact of each jump is absorbed by both legs.
- In fact, according to Dr. Daniel W. Barry, a researcher who has studied the bones of the elderly and of athletes, the latest studies show simply jumping is one of the very best exercises for improving bone density.
4) Skipping aids Brain Development
- A high level of coordination and cross-lateral ambidexterity is developed when skipping regularly – both sides of the brain, both sides of the body.
- Turns out the best workouts for brain health involve coordination, rhythm and strategy.
5) Easy to learn Fitness Play
- People of all fitness levels and athletic abilities can start skipping in a very short amount of time.
- Learning the basic techniques can be taken at your own pace.
- Learning curve is exponential and you can comfortably find your rhythm. You will make a few mistakes which is natural. As per experts and the proponents of this fitness play, it takes a few sessions before you one starts moving like a professional.
- Skipping is one of the most affordable of all the fitness options available.
- Even the top-of-the-line jump ropes will not cost you more than USD 30.
- The most portable of the fitness options.
- Carry it anywhere, anyhow – there will always be space for a jump rope
- In other words, YOU.CAN.JUMP.ROPE.ANYWHERE.
8) Fun & Versatile Exercise
- Skipping is great fun and brings out a child-like delight in everyone leaving a smile on your face even though you are getting the benefits of a fantastic form of exercise.
- Great for all ages and abilities. Every age-group can experience the pleasure derived from skipping on an individual or enjoyed as a group activity.
From a personal point of view, I have thoroughly enjoyed running during the pandemic period. I have developed a huge amount of fondness for it. I have been able to achieve small but morale-boosting, confidence-building victories of my own. From hereon, I will be adding skipping to my cardio regime as I feel skipping and running can be complementary in nature and one needn’t replace the other.
For those of you who find it hard to believe in cardio exercises or running in particular, you got to try skipping for the reasons I have mentioned above. Do it at your own pace, style, frequency. But TRY!
TAKE CARE OF YOUR BODY. IT’S THE ONLY PLACE YOU HAVE TO LIVE.