If you are like me you are always trying to find new ways to burn fat. A few years ago I read a book by Bruce Lee where he mentioned that skipping rope was about three times more effective at calorie burning than running. Since then I have become an avid rope jumper and am pleased to announce that he was right.
Why is skipping a faster way to burn fat?
If you have ever spent some time skipping you will know how hard it can be. As mentioned, skipping is one of the best ways to burn fat and lose weight. Here are a few reasons why that is so:
1. It is a full body workout
Any exercise that works multiple parts of your body at once is going to burn fat faster. Skipping is one of them. When you jump rope you are using your shoulders, biceps and forearms to turn the rope, your abs to stay upright and your calf muscles, thighs and glutes to do the jumping. The more muscles you bring into the equation the better.
2. It is intense
If you spend a bit of money and get a speed rope you can get quite an intense workout. Skipping is fantastic because you can use your arms and your legs at the same time unlike most other forms of cardio. The faster you want to go the more calories you are going to burn. You can even up the ante to the point where you do double jumps instead of the regular single skips. This is a super hardcore workout.
3. Your metabolism stays elevated
If you want to lose weight fast you need to pick exercises that keep your heart rate up long after the session has finished. Skipping is one of those exercises. Your muscles get worked at the same time as your lungs and as such you will continue to burn calories long after you have put the rope down.
4. It is diverse
A lot of women think that skipping is boring because you just jump on the spot. Well, anyone who thinks that obviously does not know how to skip very well! Skipping has so many different variations – each of which works a different body part. You can sprint on the spot and work your legs, do knees up and work your abs, double unders to work your shoulders… the list goes on. This diversity is extremely important for staying at it.
Tips for better skipping
If you want to get the most out of your skipping sessions you need to learn how to do it properly. The goal is to look like a professional boxer, not a school-kid doing one step at a time jump rope. Watch this video to see how it should be done.
See how intense and varied the workout can be? To get the most out of your skipping session you should copy this boxers technique.
- Keep your shoulders and arms relaxed
- Lean back slightly
- Point your toes
- Only jump a small amount such that the rope just passes under your foot
- Breath deeply
- Vary your jumping style – one foot, both feet, left foot, right foot
- Don’t get frustrated!
Skipping truly is one of the best ways you can burn fat and lose weight. Try to make it a regular part of your workout program. You will find that your whole body benefits from this amazingly intense form of exercise.