Thursday, March 24, 2011
I did not feel like getting up this morning. BUT...the awesome thing about this 40/40 Challenge is that I don't really have a choice. Just like Nike's slogan I just had to wake up and DO IT....and I did!!
I didn't know what I wanted to do but once I got down to the basement and saw this magnificent specimen, I KNEW.
This is my daughter's jump rope. She just got it as one of her prizes for participating in "Jump Rope for Heart" and raising money for the American Heart Association. Now this rope is an exercise jump rope...sleek....fast...light.
This is mine:
It's not heavy, but it's not as light as hers either. It's also longer than hers so I have to wind it around my hands once so that it doesn't hit the ceiling when I jump rope. With her rope it's comfort comfort comfort.
So, I brought it on!!!...and I mean ON!!!
And the funny thing about exercise motivation is this:
It's true. The motivation to DO comes from actually DOING! Once I started working out, I definitely felt like continuing. This is not the first time this has happened. I think this is just the way it works. Many people talking about finding the motivation to do any number of things, but you really don't find the motivation. You just have to go ahead and DO what it is you want to do and the motivation will find YOU.
So, anyway...back to the workout...
I started off with a brief warm-up by doing some Advanced Step on the Wii for 5 minutes. Then I started 30 minutes of jumping rope. Not straight. I did intervals. The SparkPeople Jump Rope dvd has you doing 30 secs of jumping and then 30 secs of recovery. It's tough! But, I think I'm getting stronger. I remember the first time I did that dvd for 10 minutes and I felt like my heart was going to jump out of my chest. Today....not at all.
Honestly, I was more concerned about my right arthritic knee, but it held up well. No problems at all. And I had sooooo much fun! I was sweating big time and burning SERIOUS calories!!! LOVING IT!!
And the other good thing about my daughters rope is that if you don't pick your feet up you will be punished for it! LOLOLOL I was jumping rope barefooted. When I missed a jump that rope hit my toes and OUCH!! LOLOL The last 2-3 minutes of the workout I was hitting my toes big time. I think it was psychological. I saw the end in sight and all of a sudden it was so hard to get my feet off the ground. My legs were like logs. LOL But that swipe of the rope kept me high stepping it! My goodness that rope hurt! LOL
So, that's all for today guys... Day 5 of 40/40 Challenge... DONE!!