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National Skipping Day is on April 24, and its purpose is to raise physical health awareness for children with a day of healthy exercise through skipping. It’s organized by Skipping Workshops that have around 250 schools with over 50,000 kids taking part in numerous skipping activities. Some might consider it childish, but skipping is a great way to exercise. It targets almost all the muscles in your body, it burns fat, and it also builds stamina. Having fun while exercising doesn’t get any better!
History of National Skipping Day
It’s difficult to pinpoint the origins of skipping, but it has been traced back as far as seventh century China. Chinese rope makers invented it in celebration of the New Year and called it the Hundred Rope Jumping game, or jumping 100 threads.
In the game, three or more players use a string of rubber bands tied into a circle, usually at last six feet long. Two participants hold the rope taut as the third player stands between the two sides and accomplishes tasks that increase in difficulty as the string rises from ankle height. The game is still played today and it’s a great way to stretch those muscles.
In 1600 BC, Ancient Egyptians would use vines to jump rope as part of their conditioning routine. For warriors, it was a proficient training regimen for battles with desirable effects that defined their musculature and increased their stamina. It wasn’t all serious, however, as jump roping was used as a form of play as well. Over time, it evolved into an art form as people began to master it and add tricks to the activity.
Jump rope has been depicted in medieval paintings where children roll hoops and jump rope down cobblestone streets. Dutch colonists brought the two-rope version of rope-skipping from Africa to America and called it doubled dutch. In the 1930s, jump rope and double dutch became popular in Black communities, specifically amongst Black girls. Girls had less of an opportunity to play sports and they became highly skilled at the game and created songs and moves to add to the fun experience.
Today, skipping has risen to even greater heights. There are national championships for jump rope and double dutch that draw in major audiences worldwide, and kids still enjoy them as playground activities. In 2002, National Skipping Day was organized as a way for children of all ages to get some exercise by getting more of them skipping.
National Skipping Day timeline
National Skipping Day is established as a day to focus on the physical health of children by skipping.
Jump rope and double dutch spreads throughout the nation, becoming popular in the Black community.
Ancient Egyptians use vines to jump rope as a training regimen for battle.
Chinese rope makers play the Hundred Rope Jumping game to celebrate the New Year.
National Skipping Day FAQs
Is doing 1000 skips a day good?
Exercise experts say you are not gonna lose weight just by skipping rope 1,000 times a day. Six to eight minutes a day is not quite enough to give you the cardiovascular workout you need to consistently lose weight and create the body that you want.
How much skipping should be done in a day?
To get the best rope-skipping benefits for your health, aim to jump rope at a moderate intensity for at least half an hour, five days a week. If your goal is losing weight, you may need to do more.
How many calories do you burn skipping for 20 minutes?
Calories burned jumping rope can work out to 15 to 20 calories per minute. The average person could burn 200 to 300 jump rope calories in a simple 15 minute workout.
How To Celebrate National Skipping Day
Become a community leader
National Skipping Day could be a good time to get involved in your community by joining after school programs for young people. It will give you the opportunity to impact youth, and you can be the one to lead the charge in National Skipping Day in your area.
Have a jump rope competition
Challenge your family and friends to a jump rope contest. Create a series of games based on the many different ways in which to play. Plan out the games with water breaks in between and see who the jump rope champion really is.
Bring National Skip Day to schools
Contact schools in your area and inquire if they’re celebrating National Skip Day. You can provide them with the main theme, the target goal for the number of skips on the day, the length of time that's expected, and that they can receive free ropes and a detailed guide if they take part.
5 Amazing Facts About National Skipping Day
Skip to My Lou
The popular American dance "Skip to My Lou" is about swapping partners during square dances.
Skipping in text
The earliest known use of the term skipping rope was in 1802.
There are many skipping techniques like toad, elephant, inverse toad, and egg beater.
The word skipping is used in the “Song of Solomon.”
The competition grows
Skipping is a competitive game in over 40 countries.
Why We Love National Skipping Day
It keeps kids healthy
With technology taking up so much time, it’s important to remember the importance of physical health. National Skipping Day gives kids the opportunity to aim for a goal that promotes exercise and honors an ancient tradition.
Skipping is fun
The great thing about skipping is that it feels more fun than a chore. Because it’s associated with a plethora of games, the entertainment value of jumping rope, double dutch, or any series of other games rises dramatically.
National Skipping Day is the perfect time to set people on the right path. We have the habit of pushing things away and telling ourselves we’ll get to it later, but this day reminds us that skipping can become a natural part of our routine.
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