People nowadays are obsessed with being the right size and having the perfect figure. Those who go beyond the expected waistline are automatically deemed as overweight and constantly judged so many people opt to go on a weight-loss diet regime. However, this should always be paired with exercise and not everybody can afford going to the gym to do so.
The good news is, jumping rope—like any other cardio exercises—could do the trick. All you need is a 9 or 10-foot jump rope, a padded surface to jump on and 15 minutes of spare time.
Skipping, as established earlier, helps a person lose weight at very little cost. It also tones the body and improves hand-eye coordination. It is also an advisable exercise for those who wish to enhance their bone density, endurance, bone strength and focus. Aside from that, it is also fun to do especially with friends.
Setting your goal before beginning your jump rope work out is necessary to align your activities towards those goals. You may include short-term and long-term goals alike. For a beginning skipper, 10 minutes-worth of non-stop skipping is okay.
To do this easy and fun exercise properly, you need to follow these steps:
- Hold the handles of the jump rope and adjust the length to suit your height. To do this, you should put one foot on the middle of the rope and adjust its length accordingly.
- Begin jumping at about 1 or 2 inches from the floor.
- As the rope turns backwards, keep your elbows close to the sides of your torso.
- You may mix it up a little by tweaking your jumps with a certain rhythm.
During your first two weeks, do slow-paced skipping while gradually increasing the speed as you go on. This exercise requires a lot of patience.
WARNING: Skipping rope has many benefits but also has disadvantages. According to experts, this kind of exercise puts a lot of pressure on the lower back. To avoid this, skippers are advised to do this exercise in a running motion and alternating both feet.