The Nation Goes Skipping Mad For Sport Relief #SureSkipathon is aiming to get Brits donating one million skips. With a fun app that you have to beat get skipping, get fit and have fun for Sports Relief.
Did you know that skipping is one of the happiest sports as two thirds of Brits find it impossible to skip without a smile on their face (62 per cent). I am one of those Brits, it is true, I am rubbish and I find skipping with the app almost impossible but I was smiling, sweaty and gross, but smiling.
Katherine Jenkins, is one of the first celebrities to showcase her skipping prowess to inspire Brits to donate their skips to mark the launch of the Sure Skipathon for Sport Relief and if the nation gets behind the Skipathon by donating their skips, when the target of one million skips is reached they’ll be helping to unlock a £200,000 donation to Sport Relief.
Katherine Jenkins, OBE, is one of the first celebrities to take up the challenge, after being shown the ropes at the re-named Skipadilly Circus and donating the first skip for Sport Relief. She says; “I’m a big fan of skipping to keep fit and I make sure it’s always incorporated into my weekly routine. Skipping is one of the most fun, cheap and effective exercises you can do. When you skip, you can’t help but smile! The Sure Skipathon for Sport Relief is a great incentive to get moving for a fantastic cause.”
Katherine, comments; “I have a busy schedule so I incorporate short and intense workouts into my weekly routine. I love skipping as it is one of the most fun, cheap and effective exercises you can do and always puts a smile on my face! Skipping burns more than 10 calories a minute while strengthening your legs, shoulders & arms and can be done virtually anywhere.”
With two thirds (62%) of the nation finding it impossible to skip without a smile on their face, a host of celebrities including Katy Perry, Justin Bieber and Victoria Beckham jumping on the trend and its physical and mental benefits well documented, skipping is having a resurgence as the hottest fitness trend.
When it comes to the benefits of skipping, over three quarters (77 per cent) recognise that it is good for health and well being, with 83 per cent of those polled admitting that the exercise is something that they would like to do more of.
Pro-skippers from The British Skipping Rope Association and Streets United, known for their show stopping skipping skills, have taken to iconic landmarks like Westminster Bridge and Abbey Road to get the nation skipping mad.
To learn the ropes yourself and take up the A-list exercise, follow these tips from the British Skipping Association:
- Use the right length of rope. To check this, stand on your rope with both feet and hold the handles up. The perfect length rope will mean your hands are just under your armpits. As you get more confident you can shorten your rope. Handily no rope is needed for the Skipathon, it’s all in the app, so don’t worry if you don’t have one.
- When you skip, always jump on the balls of your feet and keep your knees bent.
- When you are skipping, look ahead and when the rope gets to eye-level, jump!
- Keep your arms bent and close to your body so you turn the rope with your wrists.
- Just make small jumps, you don’t need to do huge ones to clear the rope – this saves you energy to keep skipping.
- If you want to skip for a good cause, no rope required, try out the Sure Skipathon, the first digital Skipathon in aid of Sport Relief.
To take part in the Sure Skipathon and make a difference with your movement, all you need to do is grab your smart device, visit SureSkipathon.co.uk and follow the simple instructions to donate your skip. You can even share the game on Facebook or Twitter with #SureSkipathon and get your friends to skip along with Sure for Sport Relief.
So if you were wondering how many skips I have donated, well after several attempts getting to grips with the app, with one skip here and two skips there, I eventually managed to get into my stride and usually get about 50 skips, my highest score so far is 67, not much to most people but I’m happy with it and I’ve started having a little skip every day.
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