A better life is just a skip and a jump away . . .

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A better life is just a skip and a jump away . . .

Skipping is fun and affordable and something you can do wherever you are. While many of us may remember skipping as something we did as children, the pastime has regained popularity during the pandemic as a way of keeping fit.

Not only is jumping rope a fun, affordable and portable form of exercise, it also has many benefits for our health and fitness. Here are just a few reasons why jumping rope is such a good form of exercise: IMPROVES COORDINATION AND MOTOR SKILLS Research has shown that skipping improves balance, coordination and basic movement skills.

It may also help exercise your brain as well. IMPROVES CARDIOVASCULAR FITNESS Research has shown that cardiorespiratory fitness is linked to improved health and longevity. Improved cardiorespiratory fitness has been shown to reduce blood pressure, improve insulin sensitivity, reduce inflammation in the body and lower chances of developing diabetes and many other chronic diseases.

Jumping rope causes an increase in heart rate and breathing similar to jogging. Through ten minutes of skipping every day, you can create adaptations to your body that are beneficial to cardiovascular health, such as lowering blood pressure and reducing resting heart rate.

It will also increase your cardiorespiratory fitness which essentially means your body becomes more efficient at taking up and using oxygen. FULL-BODY WORKOUT Jumping rope is a full-body workout that uses your abdominal muscles to stabilize the body, your legs for jumping, and your shoulders and arms for turning the rope.

Therefore, it is an all-over workout. Full-body workouts increase muscle tone, which will help with all daily activities, and increase our resting metabolism, which helps us burn calories even while resting. SKIPPING IS TIME-EFFICIENT Because it’s a full-body exercise that requires speed and coordination, you could argue that it’s a form of high-intensity interval training.

Jumping rope is easily adaptable, and can be a high-intensity workout depending on the effort and power a person puts into their training.