Top 6 Benefits Of Skipping!

Skipping, a classic childhood pastime which has been enjoyed for hundreds of generations. Skipping ropes can be traced back to 1600AD where the Egyptians used vines for jumping.

But it’s not just the activity which has lead to children jumping up and down! Skipping has a number of benefits which can be vital for children’s development and progression.

1) Improves coordination

Coordination refers to working arms and legs in a coordinated, effective way. This is incredibly important for children of a young age to complete everyday activities in school and out, from tying up their shoe laces to playing sport.

2) Burns calories and reduces fat

Believe it or not skipping is a fantastic aerobic option for burning calories, reducing fat and keeping you fit, happy and healthy! A good session of skipping burns as many calories as a quick 30-minute walk.

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3) Aids brain development

Jumping aids both the right and left sides of your brain. It can improve reading skills, spacial awareness and make you more mentally alert, all very important factors for succeeding within education!

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4) Improves  your ability to stay calm

By working your brain and body at the same time, skipping can help your young explorers to remain calm in pressured situations. This again helpful in an educational environment or when working and playing with others.

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5) Fun and affordable activity

It’s portable and can be done anywhere! All you need is a skipping rope and a pair of shoes (or wellies if you’re jumping in puddles!). However we do recommend skipping outside, we wouldn’t any broken lights happening!

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6) Improves creativity

Skipping improves children’s creativity – there are so many ways of using a skipping rope and turning it into a fun activity! There are no complex rules and guidelines to follow so skipping is the perfect imaginative play for children.

To keep your children safe, make sure they are using good quality skipping ropes of appropriate length for their height.