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Is Skipping a Good Way to Lose Weight?

By Norma Chew ; Updated July 18, 2017

Losing weight requires a strong commitment to eat a healthy diet, control your caloric intake, and maintain a regular exercise routine. Skipping is a form of exercise that may help with weight loss. It is simple, easy and cost effective. Skipping is an energetic exercise that can be done at varying intensities to burn off calories and lose weight.

Benefits of Skipping

Skipping helps with weight loss, increases strength and stamina, strengthens bones and staves off osteoporosis. It increases agility, energy and fitness, oxygenation and blood circulation. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends daily physical activities for at least 30 minutes. Increasing the duration beyond 30 minutes will help with weight loss. Doing vigorous exercises, such as jumping or skipping rope, for one hour will burn 440 to 590 calories in a person weighing 154 pounds, according to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention. The number of calories burned may be higher if you weigh more than 154 pounds and lower if you weigh less.

Getting Started

Skipping is a high impact, high intensity exercise. It should be started off slowly. Start off with short sessions, then increase the duration as your body adjusts to the effects and your agility and coordination improves. Combine skipping with other exercises such as walking and jogging to help weight loss and to enhance your overall exercise program.

Skipping Techniques

Select a reliable brand of rope that’s appropriate for your height. Begin with a warmup stretching routine prior to your skipping session. Swing the rope over your head in a circular motion and jump over it as it reaches your feet. Beginners should start skipping for about five minutes, and then take a rest. Increase your duration time as you continue to build strength and stamina.

Safety Tips

Consult with your physician before starting any exercise program. A comfortable, athletic shoe with good arch support is important to give you stability, protect your feet, ankle and other joints. Use a skipping rope, strong enough and long enough to accommodate your height for you to skip safely. The skipping rope should be long enough for the ends to reach under your armpit when you stand on the middle of the rope.

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