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He Said: Jump roping is a great physical exercise.

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In keeping with what my wife was talking about and how she exercises when walking the dog. There are a lot of easy and cheap ways to get great work-outs. One of them is skipping rope. It helps to improve responsiveness, increase stamina, and thus achieving physical fitness. A skipping rope or jumping rope is very light weight can be easily stored anywhere. And, because the rope takes up little space you can skip almost everywhere. You can keep it in your car or a backpack, or for the business person your briefcase. Exercising with skipping rope is not difficult you don’t need to join a club or get a personal trainer to tell you how to skip. You can jump alone or with a group of people. Start your own Jump Groups. Skipping is not only a great exercise for adults it’s great for kids too. Without giving away my age… “back in the day” everyone jumped rope.

Jump roping exercises your whole body; it accelerates metabolism and improves blood circulation giving you a great cardiovascular workout. Skipping requires coordination of feet, hands, brain which helps to exercise your all your whole body and improves agility.

When choosing the right size of rope for you I’ve read, “put the skipping rope under your feet and raise both handles as high as you can if it reaches your armpit it is perfect”. And also, “from the end of one finger tip to the other arm finger tip arms extended out like you are flying a plane”, that was from a boxer. Adequate length of rope helps a person to workout with the rope in the most advantageous level. Depending upon your weight, skipping rope at 60 to 80 skips per minute will burn 143 calories in 15 minutes. That’s about the same as running 2 miles in eight minutes… if that doesn’t seem possible, “skip” the running, go outside and start skipping rope.

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Written by robbeardsley

October 14, 2008 at 5:13 pm

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She Said: Getting ready for skiing…. the bumps

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It’s time for my nightly ritual walking our five month old blond lab Boomer (Baby Boomer).  But tonight is different.  There’s a chill in the air and a light drizzle is falling.  As we head out I’m wearing a hooded jacket and mittens which brings one thought to mind – ski weather is just around the corner!  And I think how woefully unprepared I am for the thing I love most – skiing the bumps.  So, I kick my walk into high gear and start doing lunges to Fleetwood Mac as Boomer trots ahead.  After a block or two of those, I walk backwards for a few blocks which really targets different muscles.  All the while I’m thinking it’s a good thing I walk at night so the neighbors don’t think I’ve gone off the deep end!  

 

When our kids grew up and moved out they left behind the trampoline.  My husband, who’d disapproved of the tramp from the get-go (it’s too dangerous) wanted to get rid of it.  I vetoed the idea, knowing that we’d need it in the future and sure enough . . . voila, another great “get-the-legs-ready-for-skiing” device.  Keep in mind that having just the right song on the iPod is key here.  I draw an imaginary line down the middle of the tramp and then, with knees slightly bent, legs together and my upper body as stationary as possible, I jump to the left and then to the right of the line until the song ends.  I start with very short songs and by Thanksgiving, I’m usually up to an average 3 minute song! 

 

The other thing I’m doing to increase endurance and agility is soccer . . . with Boomer.   We play with a life-size plastic pumpkin which is great because Boomer can grab ahold of the stem to bring the pumpkin back into play from the sidelines or from under the trampoline. He’s an extremely adept dribbler; he puts the pumpkin between his front legs and takes it down the yard at full speed with no intention of giving it up to me.  I really have to charge around to have any hope of getting a few kicks in!  Not sure how long the plastic pumpkin will last.  Next season we might have to splurge for a real soccer ball.

Written by robbeardsley

October 14, 2008 at 5:12 pm

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