Can Skipping Help You Lose Weight?Recently, a young lady asked me if skipping could help you lose weight. By skipping, she meantjumping rope - not skipping a meal.My answer to this question was an emphatic yes. Im a huge fan of skipping. If youre not using ajump rope in your workout routines right now, then you should. Although it cannot replace regularstrength workouts, skipping can be a great substitute to traditional cardio like running, biking, rowing,or using the elliptical.HOW DOES SKIPPING HELP YOU LOSE WEIGHT?Skipping is great for helping you lose weight fast because it shapes and tones the muscles of yourarms and legs. Doing just 5 minutes of skipping will burn your shoulders and calves beyond yourwildest dreams. As a result, you know those muscles are getting a terrific workout. And remember,the more muscles you have engaged, the more calories you are going to burn.Jumping rope engages no less than the entire musculature of your lower body and most of yourupper body as well.Also, lets consider the incredible cardiovascular training effect that takes place when you skip rope.The arms are moving, the legs are propelling your body up and down, and the effect is a spike in yourheart rate. Its the epitomy of a full body cardio exercise that incorporates a lot of muscle. Thats whyits tough. Thats why its so good. Even if you think youre aerobically and are used to running orother forms of cardio, I challenge you to jump rope for as little as 5 minutes. You will be on the floor!Because it gets your heart pounding, you know that you are spiking your cardiovascular system in asimilar fashion to what we see with interval training. For most people, skipping can be the mostintense form of cardiovascular exercise and thats a great thing because its novel to your body. Yourbody isnt used to it and will therefore need to get fitter in order to do so.Any type of exercise that leaves out of breath is good for losing weight. The reason is that for everyliter of oxygen that you consume, your body burns 5 calories. For that reason, even doing a fewminutes of jump rope each day can help you tremendously. With time, you obviously want to go forlonger periods of time.But lets get back to the original question as to whether jumping rope will help you lose weight aroundyour thighs. Well, Ive answered this question on "spot reducing" in other articles where Ivementioned that you cannot spot reduce. You can "spot strengthen" but thats about it. Jumping ropewill help you burn calories and lose weight (assuming frequent use and high intensity) across yourentire body - not just your thighs.For women, fat from the hips and thighs is usually the last to go. Hormonally, fat is needed in thoseareas. It is first place to be stored and the last place to disappear. For men, the same holds trueregarding stomach fat. First place to be stored, last place to disappear from.So your goal, then, should be to burn as many calories as possible through high intensity cardio (likejumping rope) and using full body strength training workouts. The combination will help you loseweight in no time. Oh yeah, lets not forget about a healthy diet..
Heres a skipping workouts to get you startedWarm-up: light pace for 5 minutes20 seconds fast pace : 40 seconds light pace x 10 = 10 minutesTotal Workout Time = 15 minutesHow can you jump higher