Hand me that jump rope

Hand me that jump rope

By Jane Stabile

You’ve heard the experts tell you, “before starting this fitness program, check with your physician… blah, blah, blah.”  Why would anyone do that?  We already know everything about our current state, and focusing on where we are now delays the implementation of our self-improvement plan.   Focusing on the future is inspirational and exciting!  Focusing on our current state is depressing and a large bore.

After many months of the same old (read light and occasional) workout routine, I decided to step up my game.  I needed a harder workout, so I could burn more calories and maintain my business-travel-eating-out lifestyle without suffering the inevitable consequences.  In other words, business as usual, but looking and feeling better.  Having watched several infomercials on getting into shape in only 30 days, I knew that that should be my goal—whip myself into shape in 30 days.  I didn’t need a video or a trainer, though, since I already knew exactly what to do.  I used to follow a rigorous exercise routine many (many) years ago, which involved jumping rope, martial arts kicks, jumping jacks, etc., so I would just go back to that.

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