Skipping burns twice as many calories as walking, has less impact on your joints than running, and is a lot more fun! You can skip on the treadmill, skip on the street, or skip around your house. You can skip for long distances; walk a block, run a block, and skip a block; or walk four steps then skip four steps, walk for steps than skip four steps, etc.Skip for as long or for as short a distance as your body feels inspired to skip.
Here are some important skip tips to keep in mind:
- Stay Low and Go Slow – Resist the urge to bounce high into the air. Start with easy, low-to-the-ground skips. Too much impact can be jarring to the adult body, so stick with low-impact skips until you learn your body’s limits.
- Take it Easy – There is no need to skip for miles, although there are people out there who do. Instead, for the next 21-days I recommend blending short skipping intervals into walking and/or running routines instead, especially when you are first starting out.
- Soften Your Landing – It is best to wear good running, cross training, or dance sneakers to help absorb impact. Skipping on dirt or grass will be easier on your body than skipping on concrete.
- Don’t Worry, Be Happy. – The most important thing to remember is that skipping is fun and uplifting by nature! Unlike running that is based on our fight-or-flight reflex– animals run to get away from something or to get somewhere fast, the energy of skipping is light and playful like an animal frolicking in a field. So skip for as long or for as short a distance as your body feels inspired to skip. Definitely cut back if it starts to feel like drudgery.