A new morning routine - #100happydays - Day 71

For the longest time I have tried hard to fit some form of an exercise routine into my daily schedule but haven't had any luck. So when hubby got into skipping and insisted I give it a shot, I wondered what good just skipping could do. All I remember of skipping is losing tons of my hair! 

But naturally I was very skeptical and resisted all forms of encouragement to start until he showed me videos and instagram posts of a few professional jump rope dudes. I could not believe the leg work and the fan following. On further research I found tons of benefits of skipping. Skipping is no new age trendy exercise. In fact, it has been there for years now. Unfortunately, as we grew up, the rope got lost somewhere in our store room. 

Benefits Of Skipping Exercise

  1. It is one of the best cardio and HIIT (High-Intensity Interval Training) workout.
  1. Jumping rope is known to burn around 1300 calories/hour.
  1. Skipping exercise burns more calories in comparison to running. Besides, you need not go outdoors as skipping can be done at any place. 
  1. It’s one of the most inexpensive forms of exercise.
  1. Skipping helps in muscle toning as it is a body weight exercise.
  1. It improves footwork, balance, coordination, and agility. Most of the runners and other athletes jump rope for training.
  1. It is one of the best exercises for endurance training and conditioning.
  1. Skipping gives a full-body workout. It is especially great for toning and developing the thighs, shins, and calf muscles. Simultaneously, it also works on the abs and arms.
  1. It engages and improves the hip-flexor muscles.
  1. Studies show that skipping exercises put lesser pressure and are less shocking for the joints than running. It is a low-impact exercise when compared to running and therefore a better option.
  1. Skipping enhances cardiovascular health as it improves the rate of heart beat. It is beneficial for blood pressure patients.
  1. Skipping can be done by anybody and everybody, from beginners to the advanced levels.
  1. It is also known to help in improving bone density.
  1. All that the skipping exercise requires is a jumping rope, which can fit into your purse or handbags and is travel-friendly. So, you will never have to miss your workout. All you need is a rope and an open area to burn calories, and you are good to go.
Unbelievably, 5 days of a 20 minute or so workout first thing in the morning, and I feel much more energetic than ever. Hope I can keep this up, cause I am actually enjoying the workout!

This is a part of MY #100happydays challenge - a way to remind myself to pause and find happiness in the little things in life and to live in the moment. To be grateful for all that I have, every single day. Hopefully you will join me in this journey of self discovery and find your own happiness along the way.


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