Hop to it: Why skipping beats running for burning calories

Runners may not be keen, but this playground activity is better for knees and uses more energy: study

Skipping — an exercise many people may not have tried since their school days on the playground — may actually be a great grown-up workout because it puts less stress on the knees than running while burning more calories, a recent study suggests.

Child skips

Running-related injuries are on the rise, and as many as 79% of runners report injuries in any given year, researchers note online in Gait and Posture.

Running mechanics produce large amounts of force on the body with every stride, which means runners often develop repetitive

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