Hip to skip: Heath benefits of skipping

Hip to skip: Heath benefits of skipping

Hip to skip: Heath benefits of skipping

Find out some of the benefits of skipping for fitness and suggested skipping exercises to get you started.

Skipping has to be one of the cheapest exercises available. You need minimal equipment, minimal space and you can practice just about anywhere — indoors or out. To kick-start your skipping routine, this is all you need:

  • Skipping/jump rope. Skipping ropes are very cheap and widely available in sports retailers, or you can even make your own. To make sure that your rope is the correct length for your height, stand on the middle of the rope and pull the handles upwards until the rope is taut. The handles should be in line with the middle of your chest. If the handles come up higher, cut a few inches of rope off one end until you have the correct length.  

  • Cushioned training shoes. Skipping is a high-impact activity, which is good for bone strength, but it is important that you wear suitable footwear. The action of skipping - particularly if you progress to some slightly more advanced movements - means that your shoes need some lateral stability to provide support for your feet. Cross-training shoes that combine stability with cushioning are best - tell your retailer what you intend to do in the shoes to ensure you select an appropriate pair.  

  • Correct surface for skipping. On the same impact theme, cushioned training shoes alone aren’t the only consideration that you need to be aware of. Ideally, you should practice your skipping on a ‘giving’ surface such as a sprung gym floor, an exercise mat (ensure that the mat won’t move or slip), or a carpet. By skipping on a cushioned surface in correct footwear, you will avoid any lower leg problems that result from impact — such as shin splints.

Written by: TROOP THEMES