By Matt Evans
There's a reason skipping ropes or jump ropes are used by everyone, from the playground to the boxing gym. It's a great way to get active, suitable for both endurance and HIIT training depending on your pace.
Right now there's a pandemic on, so many boxing gyms have temporarily shut up shop, but you can still get the feel of one by grabbing a jump rope and doing 10 one-minute sets of skipping.
However, it's winter (and a particularly cold one at that, in some parts) so for those with low ceilings, it could be impractical to try skipping indoors. However, don't let that stop you: Amazon is offering APlugtek's indoor jump rope for just $14.99, which mimics the effect and motion without having a long length of rope to catch on your indoor ceiling fixtures. Bring your training indoors with the deal below:
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Bring your training indoors with this nifty device. Skipping is the perfect way to do cardio anytime, anywhere, and this pocket-sized device will deliver. A simple skipping rope handle with a weight attached to a short cable, you can practice skipping in your front room, bedroom, a hotel room... anywhere you're concerned about space.View Deal
Why do jump rope home workouts?
Boxers love skipping, as it improves mind-body co-ordination (after all, you have to jump at the right time, much like timing your punches) while being an excellent way to improve your cardiovascular capability.
Researchers in India tested college-age men before and after a 12-week programme of skipping exercises, seeing a huge increase in the participants' mobility, stability and VO2 max, which is a metric measuring how much oxygen the body can use when it's working hard.
Generally speaking, the higher the VO2 max, the fitter the subject. The study showed regular skipping, raising the heart rate by 55% to 85%, over 12 weeks, which can have a massive impact on cardiovascular and cardiorespiratory fitness.
Matt Evans is an experienced health and fitness journalist and Channel Editor at Fit&Well. He's previously written for titles like Men's Health and Red Bull, and covers all things exercise and nutrition on the Fit&Well website.
Matt originally discovered exercise through martial arts: he holds a black belt in Karate and remains a keen kickboxer and runner. His top fitness tip? Stretch.
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