Nowadays it’s too easy to find a reason to get out of exercise, “it’s raining outside”, “gym memberships are too expensive”, “Big Brother is on” and trust me, I know better than anyone, these are the excuses I use! But what if there were a cost friendly, time efficient, indoor cardio exercise that you can do, without missing a minute of your favourite reality TV show? Sign me up!
For as cheap as $5, skipping is an easy, interactive and accommodating workout that allows you to keep fit, keep active and keep down those ‘COVID calories’, all within the comfort of your home.
On average, 0.1 calories are burnt for every skip, meaning that a mere ‘ten minutes of jumping rope’ can roughly be considered the equivalent of running an eight-minute mile’ (Science Daily) … minus the glares from the neighbours. On top of this, according to the Jump Rope Institute, skipping not only ‘avoids’ knee damage, but further ‘strengthens’ other areas of the body such as ‘arms and shoulders’.
It’s no wonder where the famous Muhammad Ali quote ‘float like a butterfly, sting like a bee’ comes from then, as Ali was a prominent skipper. Ali was said to do at least ‘eight to ten minutes’ (livestrong.com) every single training session, as he knew the importance of the edge his quickness gave him over his opponents. And he went on to be an okay Boxer apparently…
To couple an increase in muscular strength, jumping rope also helps improves coordination. As nothing would embarrass us more than tripping over our own feet, skipping actually improves coordination by focusing our concentration on our feet. As this becomes more natural over time, the sensation of feeling ‘lighter’ in our movement becomes a reality, making dribbling, sidestepping opponents and flying for that speccy so much easier. CAPPA!
Skipping is also said to improve breathing efficiency and cardiovascular health. The American College of Sports Medicine recommends that in order to increase your heart and lung health, all that is required is skipping three to five teams a week, for as little as 12 minutes at a time.
Not only does skipping have a myriad of physical benefits, the simple act of jumping rope has a positive influence on developing both the left and right hemispheres of the brain. According to the Jump Rope Institute, skipping helps improve ‘spatial awareness’, ‘reading skills’ as well as increases ‘memory and mental alertness’. This is due to the fact that jumping on the balls of the feet requires ‘the body and mind to make neural muscular adjustments to imbalances created from continuous jumping’. So yes, jumping makes you smarter. Damn, I wish I knew that in Year 12!
You’ve got your reasons and you’ve got your motivation all you need now is your rope. So, jump (pardon the pun!) onto https://sportspowergeelong.com.au/ and purchase your very own rope for as cheap as $5 today and get started on those isolation aspirations.