Thursday, January 17, 2008

"Cinderella Dressed in Yellow. . . "

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.


John said...

Jumping rope is good stuff. It's recommended as cross training for tennis. I agree - very challenging. 10 - 15 minutes is pretty good.

amy said...

I say you clear out the family room and make it into a jump rope studio. Surely there is enough ceiling height in there!

John G. said...

Yes - the family room ceiling is high enough, but when I jump up and down, everything on the shelves starts rattling.