Jump Ropes: They’re not just for kids!

Remember these?


Yesterday we bought one, and wow – those things are a lot harder than I remember!  Of course, I think the last time I used one was in elementary school.

I just turned 38 29 for the 10th time last week, so elementary school was a long, long time ago.  Evidently, I have lost some of my youthful coordination too.  There will be no videos of my jumping rope on YouTube anytime soon.

So, why in the world did I buy a jump rope?  Like I said, I just turned 38.  That’s 2 years away from the big 4-0.  Yikes! It’s sneaking up on me.  Good thing my sweet husband went first so I can see it’s not the end of the world (like how I fit that in? I love you, honey!), but I still want to do what I can to ensure that my 40’s are full of fun and lots of activity, and for that – I need to get FIT by FORTY!  I want to be in the best shape of my life.  I have spent the last year adjusting the foods I eat, figuring out what works for me (paleo) and what really doesn’t (gluten, sugar & too much dairy!).  Now, it’s time to really focus on the activity & exercise.  Like most people, I used to be fit and active, but years of desk jobs and too sedentary of a lifestyle have left me wondering where my strength, flexibility, endurance, and coordination have gone.

For now, I’m working on things I can do at home.  I’ve tried the gym membership and that only works as long as your motivation to drive to the gym lasts, so I’m determined to make it a daily habit at home first.  We have plenty to work with – a giant trampoline, weights, exercise ball, stretchy bands, & the Wii Fit/Yoga.  I can also do pushups, crunches, lunges & squats without any equipment.  We just added a pull up bar and the jump rope, so I have plenty to work with for now.  Once I get to the point where all of these things are easy, then we can re-evaluate.   My hubby and I put together an exercise plan that I will follow for a couple weeks at a time and we can make adjustments as necessary.

I’m actually really excited about the jump rope.  It’s such a simple thing, but doing it for a short time yesterday sure got me winded, so I’m looking forward to seeing my cardio improve as I use it daily.  Reading the paper insert surprised me though – I don’t remember jump ropes being so dangerous!  Evidently, kids aren’t supposed to even touch them (rules #5 & 6) and I’m going to need eye protection (rule #8). 

Well, no pain – no gain, right?


One thought on “Jump Ropes: They’re not just for kids!

  1. Oh my gosh, Stacy, I can’t believe in two short years you’re going to be “40”?!! I remember when you were just “9” years-old and ran around telling everyone: “Aunt Louise is afraid of the ducks!” Rotten kid! Great memories of my trip to Dallas when I was a mere 26 years-old, now I’m “54” so don’t feel so bad about 40. Turning 50 REALLY bothered me for some reason, I figured out after that I was actually depressed over it. Now that my next big birthday will be “60” I’m really sweating and it ain’t from exercise!!

    I’m really happy you’ve made this decision to “get fit” because a sedentary lifestyle is no good. Due to my health problems, as you know, my life has been completely sedentary for the past 8 years and it WILL ruin your life so take this to heart,Stacy and do some serious praying for motivation from our Heavenly Father. I’m proud of you for having the willpower to go for it. Keep jumping and don’t forget you can do “jumping jacks” too!

    Lova ya kiddo,
    Aunt Louise

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