The skipping scene in Bhaag Milkha Bhaag where Farhan Akhtar’s body transforms into a more ripped version is arguably one of the hottest scenes male ever seen in Bollywood, and it served another great purpose. It made using jumping ropes– seemingly girly activities (while subscribing to all stereotypes) seem cool again. While jumping rope is a boxer’s preferred workout to improve their footwork! For those of us who’re not professional boxers, skipping is an excellent cardio exercise which will pump you up and help you lose weight quickly. Here’s a 10-minute jump rope workout to get you started.
Skipping when done properly would help burn at least 450 calories in 30 minutes (if you can go on that long) and is great for your heart since it pumps up the heart rate much faster than regular cardio. But before you start using jumping ropes, here are a few things you need to keep in mind. These 5 compound exercises will also help you lose weight.
Selecting the rope: For a decent workout, you need the cord to be of the right length. A string too long or too short will mess things up. The classic test is to stand with the rope under your feet and pull the handles so that they’re reaching your armpits. This is the perfect length.
Land on the balls of your feet: Now that you’ve a rope, the next step is to start skipping. Make sure that you’re jumping on the balls of your feet, which is the area right under the toes and not your heels. Jumping on your heels can lead to injury and also prevent you from working your calves properly.
Don’t jump too high: Another common beginner problem is we tend to jump too high, thinking we won’t clear the rope. It’s more important to focus on rhythm and keep your jumps as small as possible without actually hitting the rope. Remember everyone trips while skipping; you’re not the only one. You’ll get better with time. These cardio activities burn the most calories within 30 minutes.
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Published: February 3, 2017 4:48 pm | Updated:February 3, 2017 5:03 pm