Priyanka Chopra has always maintained her lukewarm approach to working out, suggesting that she’s not the biggest fan of sweating it out given her busy schedule. “I want to hit the gym but I work 15-hour days and I’m exhausted by the end of it,” she shared in an interview. “Honestly, I work out only when I need to. My body responds very quickly to exercise, so I don’t need too long to tone up and get into shape.” However, she likes sneaking in movement through the day. “But I try to be active in everyday life—I take the stairs instead of the elevators or walk instead of driving,” she confirmed.
She’s tacked on another, more structured way to stay fit too. “But the one thing that I try and do mostly is to skip. I love skipping. I learnt it really really well in school and then I learnt it even better during Mary Kom, so I try to get my cardio in my skipping. It’s easy to carry, you have your skipping rope in your bag, it’s easy to do,” she explained in a video interview.
Skipping is actually the most cost-effective and high-intensity workout, and works perfectly as an at-home exercise choice—all you need is the rope. Since the cardio exercise requires quick, explosive movements, the activity increases your heart rate and improves circulation through the body. As you work your cardiovascular system, skipping can make you fitter, with a bolstered stamina. It’s not just that—jumping also improves muscle tones in the legs and lower body, but also the shoulders and arms. Since you have to engage your core to balance, you’re getting a full body workout in the process. Greater muscle mass in turn helps amp up the metabolism, which improves your calorie burn throughout.
As for the actual practice? It’s easy once you get the moves down. “The first thing you need to do before you start skipping is to adjust the length of your rope. Hold the handles at the ends of the rope, one in each hand, by your sides. Next, step in the middle of the rope, keeping the length taut with the ends stretched upwards. Shorten the rope till both the ends reach your armpits, and repeat,” according to fitness expert Shivani Patel. While you can just skip to your own beat, you can follow a virtual workout to make sure you’re getting the most out it—scroll through for the best ones that’ll challenge and entertain you.
5 videos you can follow to practice skipping at home like Priyanka Chopra
If you’re still a novice and feel more comfortable doing a simple single jump, this tabata workout is ideal for you. Since you’ll be working for 20 seconds and taking a break for 20 seconds, you can get your bearings and improve your skipping each round.
If just skipping for a full workout can bore you, this uses it to fulfil the cardio portion while adding it to a sequence that includes body weight moves like lunges and squats so it’ll be fully balanced.
The Jump Rope Dudes
If you don’t need to follow along, but just get a ready-made skipping HIIT workout, this is ideal for you. The skipping itself is basic, so you can be a beginner but get a really efficient sequence.
The Phoenix Movement
If you’re already good at skipping, you can level up your skills with this workout, which teaches you movements like the boxer jump and side straddle. With different moves in an HIIT style format, you’ll be on your toes the whole time.
Well + Good
This workout doesn’t just use the rope to jump over—you use it to stretch out and add resistance to arm movements, as well as cross-overs and squats that utilise the rope in ways you never thought to.
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