We are creatures of habit. How often do you walk into the cardio room at the gym and hop on the same piece of equipment, work at the same intensity and duration? Doesn’t it get boring? If it’s boring for you mentally, it’s boring for your body and you excess body fat stays put. Having to consistently do the same thing every single day is far more of a mental challenge than anything else.
I challenge you to challenge yourself and try workouts that you know you will not be good at in the beginning. The Abhaya Wellness Challenges are about fighting the demons in your mind that make you doubt yourself. The process of trying and putting forth the effort will reap rewards mentally and physically. Your mission is to try something new, something you wouldn’t normally try because you think you either can’t do it or because you don’t think you will be good at it.
The Abhaya Wellness June Challenge is Jumping Rope. Just 5 minutes with the rope can ignite your metabolism, improve your speed, balance, coordination and help you burn unwanted body fat.
Choose a lightweight jump rope. I purchased mine at Walmart for under $6. Weighted jump ropes are excellent for advanced jumpers. To find the right length place the rope under both feet while standing. The handles should come up about 4-6” below your collarbone.
When you jump your shoulders should be relaxed, the swinging motion comes from the wrists not the arms. Look forward. Have a slight bend in your knee, keep your abs contracted (jumping rope is a great core exercise), and bounce off the balls of your feet. You should only come about 1-1.5” off the ground. It may take a bit of practice, and may be frustrating in the beginning, but don’t give up. Once you get the hang of it, jumping rope will be a lot of fun.
If you are having trouble getting the hang of it, just pretend. Lightly bounce off the balls of your feet and move your wrists as if you have a rope in your hand. After all, the rope doesn’t burn the calories, your movement does.
For those of you who may find basic jumping rope a bit boring, feel free to mix up your jumping patterns by alternating your feet, double foot jumping, single leg hop, lateral jumping, high knees and kicks, etc. Get creative and challenge yourself!
This challenge is more than just about doing something different every day, it is about pushing yourself to consistently improve. To become better as the days go on. You are going to have days where you’ll want to take it easy and you may not have the energy to go all out. You will have days where your rhythm will be off and frustration strikes. That’s ok. Don’t get discouraged. Do your 5 minutes of jumping rope the best you can. Tomorrow is a new day. The important thing is to NOT QUIT. Always finish your 5 minutes.
As long as you are jumping rope for 5 minutes every single day, you are doing great. If you do happen to skip a day, don’t try to make up for it the next day. That’s not the point of this challenge. Instead, just focus on the next day.
Every single day for 30 days, you will jump rope for 5 minutes trying to achieve as many jumps as possible. The goal is to be consistently dedicated to your own improvement.