By Angela Bekiaris: Skipping is not just for kids, ladies and gents. In fact most personal trainers start their workouts off with habit of skipping — and there’s reason to their madness. We share some of the many health and fitness benefits skipping offers:
- Skipping improves your heart rate: It’s a great form of cardio, which will help you suffer less from shortness of breath and help you build your stamina.
- It tones muscles: Both your upper and lower body will benefit from a few minutes of skipping a day. And when those legs feel sore, don’t stop — your legs (and arms for that matter) will eventually get stronger).
- It’s a great way to shed this unwanted kilos: Skipping is a form of cardio which means it gets your heart pumping — and that’s how you burn calories. Bouncing rope for 30 minutes can burn roughly 300 calories, reveal experts.
- Helps osteoporosis: By imposing your bone density, skipping is a great way to keep a check on that osteoporosis, say medical professionals, who reveal that mass decreases after the age of 35, and bone loss occurs more rapidly in women after menopause.
- It helps attain balance, coordination and agility: Many athletes incorporate skipping into their training programme, and this is because it has been proven to improve functional movements like footwork, m balance and agility, say experts. Stars who skip include Justin Bieber, Kevin Hart and Kate Hudson.
- It’s a full-body workout: What more could you ask for? You are practically utilising all body parts, reveal experts, which is why it’s so fantastic. Your lower body is persistently bouncing, your arms and shoulders are constantly in motion, and your abdominal area is involved too, explain trainers, who suggest, that while skipping you try to bring in some variations like running while skipping, skipping on one leg or jumping extra high.