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LEARNING THE ROPES: Discover the health benefits of SKIPPING

When it comes to fitness... everyone has a ‘plan a’ - the regime they prioritise/prefer above all else. It might be the gym. It might be running! Whatever your ‘thing’ is, though, it always helps to have a ‘plan b’ to fall back on when life gets in the way. Characteristically, ‘plan b’ routines are fast, effective, and can be carried out anywhere, anytime! SKIPPING is a classic example. All you need is a rope, and you can make a gym out your garden, your local park... even your front room (if your ceilings are high enough!) As a way of compressing your workouts when time is scarce, you can’t beat 10 minutes of some serious, adrenaline-pumped skipping. It can have the same health benefits as a 45-minute run, so say the British Rope Skipping Association. In case convenience isn’t persuasion enough, here’s a little break down of some of the benefits to be gained from rediscovering this playground favourite this spring! 💥 Metabolism Skipping is ideal for HIIT – high-intensity interval training which boosts your metabolism, even hours after your workout has finished. Skip as fast as you can for 20 seconds, rest for 10 seconds, then skip... and repeat 8 times.

💥 Toning Skipping works your arms, shoulders and chest, as well as recruiting major muscle in your legs, including your calves, quads, hamstrings and glutes. Doing the high-knee variety of skipping also means your lower abs have to work harder to lift your legs. 💥Core strength When you skip, your abdominals engage to help maintain your balance, so strengthening your core. 💥Brain training The coordination required for skipping builds neural pathways in your brain that can help you in other areas of your life. 💥Ready to get started? Make sure you are wearing some soft, comfortable and stretchy activewear before you start skipping. Zaazee Activewear is a multi-award winning British women's sportswear brand whose collection includes leggings, capris and tops made from vibrant, technical fabrics, to help you feel motivated, confident & supported in your workouts. Sponsored by Zaazee Activewear.

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