Skipping is a cardio exercise that boosts up the heart rate thereby improving the cardiovascular system. It is an excellent way to keep fit and it can be done anywhere and anytime. A great exercise for building bones, it also helps the thighs, hips and backside.
To start skipping, you need the right length of jump rope. The rope must not be too short or long. To choose the right length of rope, stand on the rope and pull the handles to reach your armpits, this is the right length of rope you need.
Properly fitted athletic shoes are needed for skipping because it provides stability and cushions the forefoot. This is because your knees and hips needs the extra cushioning to reduce the risk of injury since skipping is a repetitive jumping exercise.
A wooden surface or impact mat is best for skipping. Avoid skipping on grass, concrete, carpet and ashpalt surfaces.
To start skipping, you need to do a warm up exercise by marching on the spot for 3-5 minutes, then start slowly by marching on the spot for 30 seconds, then skip for another 30 seconds after that, repeat the process. Once you have mastered the process, you can then increase your tempo.
Skipping is effective for losing weight, but it is not for everyone. If you have a joint problem, you should consult a physician before you start.