Skipping – Give it a Whirl
Did you know that skipping rope for 10 minutes burns the same amount of kilojoules as jogging for 30 minutes, according to U S and Australian research.
Want to add fun high intensity moves into your routine? Then jump to it and get your skipping rope for a good all-over workout. With these expert tips it will be just like those good ol’ schoolyard days.
Make sure you start slowly. “Initially you can do the workout without even having a rope” As you build up strength, work in intervals of 30-45 seconds on and 30-45 seconds off.
CHOOSE THE RIGHT SPACE
Clear the area and have at least 30cm of space overhead. Make sure you are jumping on a shock-absorbent surface (that is wooden flooring or grass) and that your shoes are padded to minimise pressure on your joints. “If you have joint pain, ankle knee or hip issues, this may not be the right exercise for you.” You may wish to talk to your healthcare specialist before you get started.
ALL IN THE TECHNIQUE
To get your rope the correct length, step on the middle and pull up – the handles should reach your arm pit. When skipping, keep your arms bent and your hands a foot from your sides at your waist. Jumping on the balls of your feet will soften the impact on your joints and get those calves working but don’t jump to high, it isn’t hurdles so a few centimetres are all you need to clear the rope.
So what are you waiting for?
JUMP TO IT!
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