Skipping as part of an exercise programme
I love skipping (as many of my clients will know) and not only for my clients but also as part of my own training programmes.
And here’s why:
- Skipping is a high impact exercise. High impact exercise is one of the most effective ways to burn fat.
- High impact exercise is also good for heart health and blood pressure.
- Impact exercise is a good way to strengthen the bones as high impact activity causes the bones to add mass in response.
- When jumping on to both feet the impact is absorbed by both knees, not just one as in running, so it may lower the risk of knee damage
- It’s an efficient way to work out – you can burn the same calories in less time skipping rather than running.
- You don’t need much space, and a skipping rope costs very little compared to pricey gym memberships.
- You can vary your skipping workouts – doing shorter faster rounds, or longer slower ones, adding in things like cross overs, double unders and high knees.
- The core gets a good workout when skipping.
- Skipping can help to improve coordination and balance.
But remember if you have bone or joint disorders or a heart disorder; you should check with your doctor before adding skipping to your workout programme.
Also it’s good practice to stretch the calves out well following a skipping workout – all that bouncing can make them really tight, which can lead to other problems further down the line.