skipping, jump rope and other miscellaneous thoughts
Monday, April 06, 2009
I have read a number of blogs and threads about people who are jump roping for their cardio fitness program. The other day I found an easy circuit training that can be done at home that calls for 100 jump rope as one part of the training. . I purchased a jump rope and thought I would give it a try.
(I used to jump rope all the time in grade school(over 40 years ago). I was never the person who could do it the best, but I did it for fun. Why does school teach us we have to be competitive and always have someone who is the best? Why don't we teach kids to just have fun?)
Anyways, I tried jump roping. I was having trouble just getting coordinated to do the jumps and not miss the rope. I am not talking the 'red hot peppers " here either. Just a plain old ordinary jump rope with a small bounce between the jump over the rope and the next one. I ended up doing a kind of skip.(I felt very uncoordinated. I could not make 100 jumps. By the time I was at 50 my lungs were burning harder than they have burned in a long, long time. I will have to work on that. (LOL)
Yesterday I was sent a message that yesterday's quick fire fitness challenges was to skip. (Yeh right, I thought)
I tried it down in my basement and outside behind our barns, where no one could see me. Again I used to skip all the time in gradeschool.
I was laughing and smiling when I got done. I could see in my minds eye little girls holding hands; you can't be sad and skip. Skipping releases the happy endorphins in your brain. It really felt good, if not ackward. (LOL)
Saturday when I was driving home from work, KSL radio had a program on called especially for women. They had some Mormon authors they were talking with. At one point the commentator asked what they would say to mormon women who have issues about their bodies. At first the discussion was about learning to accept who you are, then one of the authors jumped in and said something to the effect, that she used to only work on her spirit, but realised that she needed to do both, for our souls are made up of both body and spirit. She said that as she started to take care of her body, she realised that she was also taking care of her spirit and it was easier to feel spiritual things. (Something that I have felt, and read that many of you are experiencing as well.) I was agreeing with everything she said and then she made the following statement.
"I don't want to be another poster child of an overweight woman who has a sweet spirit." (OUCH!!!) I have been thinking about that statement every since.
Finally, yesterday I took a REAL AGE test, and the computer said my real age was 37! Whoo Hoo! I am getting better with age.