Rush Athletics had the amazing opportunity to be live on Sky News, alongside Sumaiya Khoda from London charity Supporting Humanity this week.
RA and Supporting Humanity have teamed up this February to encourage, motivate and promote skipping as a form of exercise in the hope of helping children and young adults navigate through these increasingly tougher times.
“Mental Health is on the rise, as a charity we are getting more and more referrals every day. We know how keeping fit helps with mental health; this collaboration with Rush Athletics is to inspire, motivate and get people fit, this is a fun thing and we hope all the family can get involved and become a part of people’s lifestyle.” - A Spokesperson for Supporting Humanity
The pandemic has left many of us with little or no interaction, with children at the centre of this loss. RA Founder, Rushie, has always openly spoken about mental health and the benefits of skipping- so supporting and promoting this cause is a priority and such a proud moment for him and the brand.
“I am delighted to be partnering up with Supporting Humanity. I have always spoken about Mental Health and how skipping can help - but if it can benefit a charity at the same time and raise awareness about the work the charity does it makes my job even more worthwhile”. - Rushie Shah
Skipping is one of the very few sports that people can do solo and gain huge benefits physically and mentally. Young people and children in particular love skipping and there are so many skills and tricks to learn through this activity. This February, supporting Humanity & Rush Athletics are asking children, young adults and their families to pick up a skipping rope, watch some of Rushie's beginner tutorials online and get involved! Keep at it, learn new skills and express yourself is the message behind the "Skipping for Mental Health" campaign. Send in your skipping videos, or tag @rush.athletics @supportinghumanitycharity on instagram and be a part of the movement. Keep skipping ropes out of reach from children unless they are being fully supervised.
Rushie and Sumaiya were able to discuss the benefits of skipping live on air, with Rushie even doing a demonstration! If you missed it, check out the list of benefits below and remember - get involved!
Check out the incredible work Supporting Humanity do, or donate here.
Benefits of jumping rope
- Increases energy – regular physical activity such as skipping increases the blood-flow throughout your body and improves your cardiovascular health and fitness – this allows for more blood and oxygen to get to the body providing you with more energy in your everyday life.
- Reduces Stress – skipping with intensity produces endorphins which are chemicals in the brain that act as natural painkillers
- Reduces anxiety - jumping rope can help people with panic disorders and other anxiety conditions skipping and can be a proactive way to release pent-up tensions and reduce feelings of fear and worry
- Provides Perspective – Jumping Rope can give you those ‘AHA’ or breakthrough moments as your mind is relaxed and your mind can wander whilst you skip – its like a form of meditation when you skip
- Boosts Confidence – If you jump rope consistently you will start getting and seeing results that naturally will make you have more confidence - results such as a leaner and healthier body as well as the ability to learn new skills and tricks that you never thought you could do!
- Helps Overcome Addiction and Depression - Studies have shown that consistent Jump Rope training can help people overcome addiction and depression
- Improves Mental Sharpness – Skipping helps with the development of the left and right hemispheres of your brain which further enhances spacial awareness, improves reading skills, increases memory and makes you more mentally alert