This simple piece of equipment can be taken with you anywhere so you can get jumping whenever you’re in the mood. Here’s how to get skipping and get slim.
If you’ve ogled at the bodies of hot A-listers Jessica Alba, Halle Berry and Scarlett Johansson, then you should know the brain behind those sculpted bodies – celebrity trainer Ramona Braganza.
To get her clients in perfect shape for their movie roles (think Halle Berry in Catwoman), Braganza uses a jump rope as a secret weapon to help maximize every workout session, “I always have my jump rope in my bag. If I’m training my clients in their homes, it’s the perfect way to incorporate interval training and get a quick three minutes of cardio in between the strength training sessions.”
Here are five reasons why you should add skipping into your workout routine.
Great fat burner
Jump rope is a high intensity cardiovascular workout that burns around 100 calories in just 10 minutes, depending on your weight and intensity of workout. Not only does it burn off calories, it also strengthens your inner-body system – including your heart and blood circulation.
Sculpt and tone your body
Skipping is a great way to work both your upper and lower body. It sculpts your shoulders, arms, core, and primarily your legs. It’s basically a total body workout. Furthermore, even though it places some stress on the joints, this exercise boasts a lower impact than running or jogging.
It’s not just about the two-foot hop
Don’t restrict your jump-rope workout to just the standard two-foot hop (boring!). Optimize your workout by adding more intensity and varied movements to jazz up the fun while you sweat!
Try double jumping (one jump but the rope goes round twice) to increase your workout intensity, or alternate your legs to spice up your routine.
Improve your overall coordination
Those who regularly jump rope gain more stamina, agility, better posture, balance, quicker reflexes, and become much better in overall coordination. This is why skipping is used as a form of warm-up exercise by many wrestlers, kick-boxers and fighters.
Do it anytime, anywhere
An easy and fun form of exercise, there really is no excuse not to add skipping into your daily or workout routine, considering that all you’d need is a jump rope, a good pair of exercise shoes and a bit of space. Jump ropes are also inexpensive and so portable, it’s well worth it!
Try adding jump rope into your workout routine and tell us what you think by commenting below!