There are two trends (or kid ‘fads’!) that I particularly remember from primary school. The first is lo lo balls (mine was yellow with a black circle) and the second is luminous skipping ropes with black handles. My friends and I all had them. We spent so much time skipping during break times and after school. We could skip normally, super fast, backwards, doing that cross-your-hands-in-front-of you thing. We also used to skip with two people turning the rope for a third (and sometimes fourth). Some of my friends could also skip with others turning two ropes (which I believe is called ‘Double Dutch’?) but that was beyond me. I remember skipping being wonderful fun but at no point do I remember thinking skipping was physically hard.
So recently I read about the benefits of skipping in a Fitness for Mamas – Fitness Tuesday blog post. These days I am looking for any exercise which is time efficient, effective and fun. The thought of giving skipping a try again appealed so the other day I finally got round to buying a rope.
I went out in to the garden a couple of nights ago to give it a try and, oh my, I found it really tough! Now my fitness is not what it used to be but I’m not unfit. But after less than a minute I was starting to breathe heavily and feel the tiredness in my legs. Fortunately I was spared because due to my complete lack of coordination I wasn’t able to skip for any longer than that before stepping on the rope!
But it was good fun and something I now want to try and get better at. I don’t think it will yet replace one of my few weekly workout sessions; They are valuable so I need to make sure I am doing something where I can get a complete workout in. But since it will only need about 10mins to practice, it’s something I can hopefully sneak in a few evenings a week once H is bed and the dinner is cooking. Doing the same thing with my core whilst watching TV in the evening has really proved successful.
If I manage to improve, my skipping rope also came with some weights that can be added in to the handles for extra resistance. I’ve taken them out right now because, quite frankly, I don’t need the extra challenge. But if I can improve then this will be a great additional workout. So, we’ll see how it goes!