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Skip your way to a slimmer you

February 10, 2011

Are you serious about losing those excess pounds gained over the festive season? Do you want to ensure you’re looking your best this summer?  Then take up, skipping.

Not only is it a huge fat-burner and very effective with the right technique but it is a cheap exercise which you can enjoy both inside and out. If finding time to exercise is a problem with work/kids then you can benefit the results from skipping from as little as 5 minutes a day….so what are you waiting for, take a look at our beginners guide:

What You Need

*Skipping Rope

*Trainers

*Bottle of water

Getting Started

Try to buy either a plastic or leather skipping rope as these turn better and are easier to use than the old-fashioned nylon ropes. Always ensure you start by warming up, with short bursts of skipping. Start with a round of 20 and then increase to 30 and then 40.  

5 Minute plan for beginners

Skip for 30 seconds

Rest for 30 seconds

Skip for 60 seconds

Rest for 30 seconds

Skip for 1.5 minutes

Rest for 30 seconds

Skip for 30 seconds

 

10 minute plan for beginners

Skip for 30 seconds

Rest for 30 seconds

Repeat this 5 times

Skip for 60 seconds

Rest for 60 seconds

Repeat this three times

 

15 minute plan for intermediates

Skip for 30 seconds

Rest for 30 seconds

Complete 50 skips

Rest for 30 seconds

Complete 75 skips

Rest for 30 seconds

Complete 100 skips

Rest for 30 seconds

Continue increasing the number of skips you do in each round by 25 until you have been skipping for a total of 15 minutes.

 

The Right Technique

*Good technique when skipping will mean you get a better rhythm and your workouts will be more enjoyable without lots of stopping and starting.

*Remember to breathe in deeply while you skip.

*Be light on your feet as much as you can by using your knees and your ankles to keep your rhythm.

*Stay up right at all times with your tummy pulled in, keeping shoulders back.

 *Cool down with slow skips, reducing the number in each round from 40 to 30 to 20 to 10.

 Happy Skipping!

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