Skipping is a simple but yet complex exercise that improves your cardiovascular fitness in as little as few minutes. “Jumping rope is a great calorie-burner. You’d have to run an eight-minute mile to work off more calories than you’d burn jumping rope,” says  Leanna Skarnulis.  Here are seven benefits to including this exercise in your regular workout regime.

1. Both women and men will benefit

For busy moms, it is a great idea to get your kids involved in this exercise. To gain the most of benefits from skipping, you will need to work on your ability to jump rope consistently at a high pace for an extended amount of time. When you build up to 10 minutes of non-stop jumping at 120 repetitions per minute, it can provide you with the same benefits as 30 minutes of jogging or 30 minutes of racquet sports.

2. Skipping also develops the left and right hemispheres of the brain

This improves spacial awareness, reading skills, memory and mental awareness. It also improves dynamic balance, coordination, reflexes, bone density and muscular endurance.

3. Cardiovascular workouts – which include skipping – are good for building stamina

They also help to strengthen your lung capacity to distribute oxygen efficiently to your muscles. By skipping, you raise your heartbeat to get the blood circulating faster to supply oxygen to your cells.

4. It’s a great method for losing weight

This is because the cells of the body are able to burn more energy at a quicker pace to maintain the higher rate of work.

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5. Almost any one is able to skip

However, skipping is a skill that needs to be developed. During this process, you will improve your sense of balance. It will take practice and patience, and loads of energy.

6. Skipping helps you to coordinate and tone muscles

In the process you burn fat, improve on endurance and become leaner. Says Kim Nunley: “Participating in consistent jump rope sessions significantly burns calories and will engage your core — so jumping rope will allow you to lose fat all over your body, including your belly.”

7. You do not need any fancy equipment to start

You can take your skipping rope with you anywhere and anytime. It is a lot of fun to get up and skip! Skipping is fast to do so when your excuse not to exercise includes not having time, skipping will solve your problems.

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