Skipping for a healthy heart
It’s no secret that regular exercise works wonders for your health, preventing heart attacks and the development of heart disease by helping control heart disease risk factors like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and being overweight.
And you don’t have to do as much as you might think to reap the benefits. The current Australian physical activity and sedentary behaviour guidelines recommend adults “aim to accumulate 2.5 to 5 hours of moderate intensity physical activity or 1.25 to 2.5 hours of vigorous intensity physical activity each week”.
You significantly decrease your risk of cardiovascular disease if you do at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity on most days of the week.
Benefits of skipping for your body
Physical activity means any activity that gets your body moving, makes your breathing harder and your heart beat faster. A fantastic way to do this is by skipping. It may seem old fashioned, and many of you probably haven’t picked up a rope since you did double-dutch in the playground at school. But skipping is an incredible way to get a full cardiovascular workout, while having a little fun at the same time.
Here are a few reasons why you should dust off that old rope and give a skipping workout a try:
- It’s free. Basically. Once you’ve got your rope, skipping is zero-cost. And, we've got the ropes to get you skipping.
- You can do it anywhere, anytime. At home, in your backyard, at the park. No need for a gym membership.
- It’s less time consuming than running. Ten minutes of high intensity skipping can have the same benefits as a 30 minute run.
- It’s also less jolting on your joints than running.
- You set your own pace so it’s a good workout for people at all fitness levels.
- It helps improve heart rate and blood pressure.
- Skipping regularly improves flexibility, co-ordination, balance and muscle tone.
- It’s fun!
So the next time you see a group of kids skipping in the schoolyard, follow their lead. Your heart will love you for it.
If you’re concerned about your fitness levels or pre-existing injuries, we recommend visiting a GP or allied health professional before getting started just to be on the safe side!