Could incorporating skipping rope moves into your workout bring about a range of mind and body benefits? H&W investigates
“For beautiful skin, it’s not a secret that we need to exercise,” explains Anandi Saha, spokesperson for Ndtv Food (food.ndtv.com). “Not all of us can find the time to head to the gym amid our busy schedules, but a skipping rope provides an affordable and accessible tool for a complexion-boosting activity. Skipping increases blood circulation in the body, providing nutrients to the skin and flushing out toxins. Have you ever noticed the glow on your face post-workout?”
“Skipping is among the best forms of cardio exercise,” says Anandi. “Your cardiovascular framework includes your heart, along with the arteries and veins that help circulate blood and oxygen between them and the other organs in the body. By enhancing the capacity of this framework, your heart will perform more efficiently. You’ll also find yourself suffering less from shortness of breath amid various activities, as it’ll help to build your stamina.”
Depending on what kind of jump you’re performing, skipping could provide a great workout for your calves. It’s easy to neglect the muscles below the quads, as the rise of the squat challenge has got the nation unfalteringly focused on their derrières. However, skipping on your toes is a great way to work the parts of the leg that often get, well, skipped.
“Aerobic exercise encourages blood flow by pumping more around your body and strengthening your heart,” explains Louise Mcdonald, spokesperson for 12wbt (12wbt.com). “This increases your body temperature, which may prevent bacteria from rising. Your lungs are working harder too, meaning your capacity to handle more oxygen improves, and this helps flush bacteria out of the lungs and airways.” If your immune system is low, skipping is definitely worth a try!
According to research from the British Rope Skipping Association (brsa.org.uk) 10 minutes of skipping can have the same health benefits as a 45-minute run. “Skipping is known to be one of the best forms of cardio and HIIT workouts there is,” claims founder and CEO of TruBe (trubeapp.com), Daria Kantor. “It helps to improve endurance, balance, co-ordination and agility and is an amazing fat burner. It doesn’t require advanced fitness levels and can be embraced by beginners, as well as those with a more established fitness programme.”
“Skipping involves learning new motor patterns,” says Anna Samuels, founder of Boxx (theboxxmethod.com), “which improves the nervous system communication between your brain, wrists and leg muscles. Anything that enhances our cognitive function as we age is important.”