SKIPPING is one of those activities that many of you have likely not done since you were a kid. You probably didn’t consider hopscotch, jumping on and off any obstacle in sight or skipping rope to be a form exercise when you were a child. It was just a fun way to pass the time. However, as an adult you might be surprised at how physically demanding these activities now are, and this is because hopping, skipping and jumping are types of exercises. Today’s segment focuses on SKIPPING and jumping rope, and why this once fun childhood pastime is a great way to help tone and define your way to perfect legs.
Part 2 – SKIP
Skipping requires you to use all of your leg and butt muscles. It also increases your heart rate and breathing as you perform the exercise, which makes it a great way to tone your legs and butt while burning calories.
To skip, just leap forward bringing one knee up in the air and alternate legs each time you land and leap again (see picture above). Try to jump high in order to get the most out of each skip, and make sure that you land with a little bend in your knees to absorb the impact on your joints. Whether you choose to skip through a park or back-and-forth across a room, challenge yourself to keep skipping until you are fatigued…Skipping can be done practically anywhere!
Skip or Jump Rope – Don’t expect to skip rope for hours on end like you did when you were a kid. If you haven’t jumped rope in years, then this exercise will have you gasping to catch your breath and your calves burning in just minutes, maybe even seconds. Don’t let this frustrate you though. Instead, recognize it as a fantastic way to challenge your body. The first time you do it, keep track of how long it is that you can jump or skip rope until you become fatigued, and then rest for half of the recorded time. For example, if you can only jump rope for two minutes until you are feeling fatigued, then rest for one minute. Do this as many times as you can until you reach a combined jumping/skipping rope and rest time of at least 20 minutes to get a cardio blasting and calve defining workout in!
In Part 1 of this TOP TIP series, we explored HOPs and the benefits that hopping can provide as you work your way to obtaining a perfect butt and legs. If you haven’t read it yet, CLICK HERE to open and read the first segment—Hop, Skip and Jump Your Way to a Perfect Butt and Legs (Part 1).
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