Inspired by this article in the StarTribune, I tried jumping rope last night. I only lasted about 10 – 15 minutes. I was pressed for time and it kind of leaves you winded. There is a downside – I have to do it outside (brrr!) as I need a lot of overhead room to swing the rope.
Perhaps this will be another item to add to my growing repertoire of home exercises. I’ve been doing lots of calisthenics (push-ups, crunches, squats, etc), and yoga. I'm also accumulating a variety of dumbbells for weight lifting. I feel pretty good – and I am now rather smug about how I haven’t been a member of a “club” for several years. Really - I just don’t have time to drive somewhere to workout, so I’m adding 10 minutes here, 20 minutes there - - often while watching TV or interacting with kids in evenings. If I get my usual 30 minute lunch-hour walk in at work – and no elevators – up and down 5 floors several times – add some home exercises, and I can get between 40 minutes to one hour of “work-out” time every day.
Now I have to find time to work on my jump rope rhymes.