Skip to be Fit

Of all the many types of exercise you can do to get fit, good old fashioned skipping is still as effective as it ever was. So if you'd completely forgotten about it, or thought it was just for kids and not worth bothering with, then it's time for a rethink!

Grab your skipping rope and let's see what we can do with one to improve that fitness and health!

skip to fitnessLosing weight is a big issue these days with people looking for the easiest ways of achieving it. Avoiding physical activity because it looks difficult or tough is common, but it needn't be when you realize that there are actually some great fun ways to get the exercise you need without it seeming like a chore. Skipping is just one type of exercise that can feel like you're playing a game more than working out.

Burning Calories Fast

While you are enjoying a good long skipping session, maybe with some rousing music to accompany you, it can be quite amazing how many calories you can burn in a reasonable session. At the same time as you're burning those calories you are also toning up the muscles in your legs, torso, back, arms and shoulders.

This is a desirable side-effect of any form of physical activity, because the ultimate result dieters are looking for is a slim, well toned body. Achieving this is not always possible through diet alone, because in order to firm up the muscles to achieve that look, you must exercise them! This sets up a process of calorie burning and leads to the burning of fat which is of course the ultimate aim of any slimming strategy.

Skip to Lose Weight

Of all the many different ways and means of losing weight that exist for people to help themselves in the easiest ways possible through exercise, this particular kind is one of the better ways. Now not so many people are actually aware that this option is even available as it is something that most see as a school playground game that children play rather than it being a serious and important exercise form.

However, skipping is an excellent form of keep-fit and one that just about anyone can do almost anywhere.

The beauty of this mode of workout is that you do not need any specialist apparatus to get a really good fitness workout. Just a decent quality skipping rope and a space to swing it! It's something that you can do in a small apartment or in your garden or patio or even in the street if you like an audience!

Elementary Anti-Sedentary

If this is something that you haven't done since you were at school, then you might want to spend a little time practising and getting used to once again coordinating your body with the swinging of the rope. But a little like riding a bicycle, it's not something you forget and before you know it you will be skipping away like a boxing pro warning up for the next bout of sparring.

To boost the effectiveness of it once you do get going in a steady rhythm is to vary the foot hopping sequence and speed up and slow down the skipping rate as this builds better hand to eye to foot coordination while preventing boredom creeping in.

Skip to the Beat

Another way to make your skipping routines last longer and provide you with more fat burning benefits is to listen to some great, upbeat music while you skip. Fast music has long been used as a way to invigorate any aerobic class and it works just as well for skipping when you are alone on your bedroom or enjoying the sunshine on the patio.

As a way to lose some weight, the rope exercises are perfect for building up muscle strength and stamina which means you steadily burn more calories which offset those you consume through your diet. The great thing is that once you have built up your skipping session to more than 20 minutes at a time, you will then switch to burning fat for whatever time you exceed those 20 minutes by.

This is explained in our article and is well worth looking at as a viable way of reducing your body's fat levels while toning up and strengthening your muscles to lose weight and get fitter and healthier each day.

So if you are in any doubt as to whether you can bear to do any kind of exercise, think again about how you want to do it and then just grab a skipping rope and have fun losing weight. Because having fun is one of the most important of all, and the best way is to exercise and to work towards achieving the slim and great looking body shape that you are aiming to achieve.

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