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11 Mar 2006


Mileage: While you won’t actually be going anywhere, you can still add it to your daily mile count. Depending on the speed of your turns, ten minutes of skipping can clock up between 500 – 1,000 steps.

No longer confined to the school playground, these days skipping is incorporated into many a gym class after proving to be one of the simplest and most effective cardiovascular workouts.

It is portable and convenient as it can be done anywhere and be performed at all levels. Beginners can mix shorter bouts of skipping with longer periods of lower-impact/intensity exercise such as marching in place and step-ups or strengthening exercises such as sit-ups and press-ups.

As well as improving cardio-respiratory (heart and lungs) fitness, flexibility and co-ordination, skipping is also great for improving muscle tone in the hips and thighs.

Because skipping is a tough workout, you’re unlikely to be able to sustain it for a long period of time. It may be that you start off with 30 second bursts, but if you stick with it you should find you’ll be able to increase the duration with every session. You can expect to burn between 70 and 110 calories every 10 minutes.