Skipping your way out of the lockdown blues

Skipping is a childhood activity most of our elders can relate to.

However, along the way, its popularity waned, and is now mostly carried out by those involved in elite sports or martial arts. It is a great way to warm up. That somehow ‘elevated’ skipping to something more serious, instead of fun.

The Covid-19 pandemic, however, has changed that perception. With lockdowns imposed in Malaysia and across the world, more people are starting to fall in love with skipping.

And as the Enhanced Movement Control Order begins in several parts of Selangor and Kuala Lumpur today, now is certainly the best time to invest in a skipping rope.

Twentytwo13’s editor Haresh Deol has been skipping diligently since early 2019 and has not looked back. Not being able to hit the gymnasium for his mixed martial arts classes since the pandemic hit Malaysia, he has committed to skipping daily.

His “weapon” of choice is a skipping rope he bought from Decathlon three years ago. Recently, he got his hands on a Trident skipping rope by Kuckreja & Co.

Haresh’s verdict: It’s extremely light, it doesn’t look or feel flimsy, is pretty fashionable and serves its purpose well.

What caught his attention was that the Trident skipping rope is 100 per cent plastic-free.

At RM9 per piece, the skipping rope is a value-for-money investment. There are, of course, cheaper options out there.

Need inspiration? Just search ‘jump rope’ or ‘skipping’ on Instagram or TikTok and one will be able to see a long list of individuals skipping their hearts out. You could skip like Rocky or take it to the next level like jump rope star Vivien Vajda.

Many Malaysians have enhanced their skills with the rope too, with fancy leg-overs and double under criss-crosses.

The benefits? Plenty.

It’s a great way to:

  • burn calories
  • gets your heart pumping
  • strengthen bone density
  • improve coordination

 

Always remember to wear a good pair of comfortable shoes when you skip. Suitable for all ages, a skipping rope will be the cheapest and best investment you’ll ever make.