Five health benefits of rope skipping

By Ritu Singh | Last Updated: Sep 19, 2014, 00:30 AM IST

Zee Media Bureau/Ritu Singh

Skipping is one of the simplest, easiest and zero-cost workouts. It can be done anytime, anywhere even in the comfort and convenience of your home. Besides being an effective aerobic exercise it is fun too.So grab that rope and give it a shot. The following reasons are sure to motivate you:

Major health benefits of jumping rope:

Aids weight loss: Skipping can help you shed up to 450 calories in just 30 minutes.The effort it takes to jump rope for 10 minutes is the equivalent of running a mile in eight minutes. So, you see how effective is skipping rope for losing weight.

Promotes cardio-vascular fitness: Skipping rope leads to better cardio-respiratory improvements, making the heart stronger and allowing it to pump more blood, delivering oxygen and nutrients to your tissues.

Improves muscle tone : Regular skipping improves the muscle tone in the legs and lower body and also in the upper body as your shoulders and arms work the rope.

Fights osteoporosis: Skipping boosts a person's bone density, helping to keep off osteoporosis.

Improves balance and coordination: Skipping regularly improves body flexibility and also aids your coordination and balance.It also helps you gain better concentration as both sides of your brain remain active while skipping.