Skipping is a perfect way of keeping fit and healthy for all ages. Skipping is inexpensive and doesn’t take a lot of time or space.
No matter what age we are, we should endeavour to keep fit. There are so many ways of keeping fit and healthy these days, but skipping or jump rope is one of the best. I foolishly stopped regular exercise a couple of years ago, making one excuse after another. But I’m back now, enjoying the process of getting fit again.
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Skipping is a fitness activity that can be enjoyed by all ages, from 5 to 95, maybe even longer. I’m over 60 and a few days ago I purchased a new skipping rope, having misplaced the previous one when we shifted house a few years ago. I’m so excited about my progress that I want to share the benefits of skipping with you.
Skipping can definitely be classed as a high energy cardiovascular workout for those that want that challenge. I prefer to skip at my own pace, with short rests when needed to catch my breath. I’ve read in a few places that skipping is a lower impact activity than running, so that has to be good on the joints of those of us who are getting older. It improves your fitness level, as well as your overall flexibility and co-ordination. For the weight conscious, apparently 20 minutes of skipping burns 250 calories and ten minutes around 80 to 110 calories. Don’t try 20 minutes on your first attempt though
Skipping is a cheap and easy way to get fit and lose a bit of weight. After the initial purchase of a suitable rope and making sure your shoes can take the pounding, little else is needed. Skipping can be done almost anywhere there is enough space. I choose to skip on a path at the back of our house, where I’m sheltered from neighbour’s eyes. In the past I’ve skipped in the garage on wet days and some people may be lucky enough to have high enough ceilings to skip indoors.
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When starting out, it’s important to take things easy. My first session was a real shock, but I managed to skip four lots of 25 skips in 3 minutes. I decided to call it quits at that stage, partially because I was quite out of breath, but also I didn’t want my muscles to be so sore the next day that I’d never pick up the rope again.
A suggested starting programme is to skip 30 skips turning the rope forward, then take a 30 second rest. Next try 30 skips turning the rope backwards, followed by another 30 seconds rest. Do this for as many times as you’re able. Believe me; it becomes easier each time you pick up the rope.
Once you become more confident and your fitness level increases, you may want to be more adventurous and try new variations. I was surprised at how many skipping or jump rope workouts I was able to find on Google. For now though, I will concentrate on building up the time I’m able to skip with rests, until I get closer to the goal of 20 minutes.
If you’re serious about getting and keeping fit, skipping may be just the answer for you. It takes little money, little time and it certainly works up a sweat. You have no excuse. If an oldie like me can do it, then so can you.
Me – all ready to go!
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