By Caroline Armour
It’s cheap, mastered by children and the kit is so small and light it can travel with you anywhere. Costing around £5 for a decent rope, skipping is a great way to add new life to an exercise routine which could, by now be getting a little dull.
Skipping is a lower impact workout than jogging and it’s also good fun and doesn’t require much space. Believe it or not, ten minutes of skipping with a rope takes the same amount of effort as running an eight minute mile but with less strain on the joints. Or, if by some miracle a skipping session lasts for an hour it can burn up to 1,300 calories. Skipping also strengthens your arms, legs and core in one coordinated movement. Arms are constantly moving to swing the rope, legs are busy jumping and the core is activated pretty much throughout to keep you from toppling over.
Sometimes all it takes is a change to keep up momentum when it comes to exercise and for those on a budget, skipping is ideal because once the rope is bought that’s it! Skip to it and share your budget exercise tips with us by tweeting @scotcampus.