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?