Skipping cardio is a no no when it comes to benefiting from a rounded exercise routine that will not only increase strength and flexibility, but also improve cardiovascular health. Most people associate cardio with the traditional activities such as the treadmill or cross trainer, however you can always switch things up and swap the treadmill for something different such as the skipping rope! Burning up to 10 calories per minute, skipping is the perfect alternative when you’re bored of other forms of conventional cardio. Not only is it fun, skipping is a great full body cardiovascular workout and very convenient as you can do it anywhere as long as you have a skipping rope and space. Below I’ve listed my top 5 reasons for adding skipping to your cardio routine:
YOU CAN DO IT ANYWHERE
Any time, any place! As long as you’ve got space you can clock in a quick skipping session to get your cardio done and dusted no excuses! If you’re thinking about trying to keep active while you are away from home and are not sure whether you’ll be getting to the gym or not, take a skipping rope with you for easy peasy access to a an efficient and convenient cardio option.
I don’t know about you but skipping brings me nostalgic memories of my school days so it has a fond place in my heart! The best cardio routine is the one you can stick to and you’re more likely to stick to something fun and interesting. The good thing with skipping is you can always switch up your routine by learning and playing around with new techniques and varying intensity levels. Keep your body guessing!
AWESOME FULL BODY WORKOUT
Don’t be surprised if your first skipping session after having last skipped during lunch at school brings on full body muscle pains in the following days! Skipping works all parts of your body including your core and contributing to strengthening your bones.
IMPROVES BALANCE, AGILITY AND COORDINATION
Alternating between different moves while constantly being forced to balance on your toes with each jump trains the body to to be able to move quickly on a strong foot while being ready for action thus improving agility and balance. The constant repetition of rotating your arms to turn the rope and jump over it at the right time improves motor skills and coordination as your brain is trained to be aware of everything you are doing in order to execute the movement successfully with ease.
HELPS MAINTAIN OR INCREASE LEAN MUSCLE
Your full body skipping workout will not only help you burn fat and improve your cardiovascular health, but it will also help maintain your lean body mass and / or help improve muscle tone. Use a weighted rope for added resistance.
Need I say more to convince you to grab that skipping rope? What’s your favourite form of cardio?