Exercise whether it be: yoga, walking, running, aerobics or even martial arts, has always been a big part of my life. I've always found some way to stay fit, but at about every 2 years or so I hit a rut. I get distracted, perhaps bored, and I allow myself to allow work and my kids to keep me too busy to make the time to exercise.
It's been six months worth of distractions this time and very little exercise has been a part of my routine, except for the occasional sun salutation in my living room at night. In six months I feel like my body and mind have aged five years and not in a healthy kind of way. So now, I'm desperate and looking for ANYTHING to get me motivated and back in shape again, on a consistent basis.
In an effort and as a step forward I have subscribed to health related magazines in hopes that here I may find a fitness muse. Well, I found something. I wouldn't call it a muse by any means, but it is definitely amusing. Its called a JumpSnap and it is a rope-free jump rope. I'm not kidding. It's a jump rope without, get this, the rope.
When I saw it I had to ask myself, "Isn't this like having a treadmill without the tread, an exercise ball without air or practicing yoga without patience?" It just doesn't make any sense to me. It's an expensive jump rope too. I mean, come on, I'm not even getting a rope to use.
Because I am a curious person by nature, I went to the JumpSnap website to find out more about this innovative little gadget. Simply put, this fancy little tool, with a handy LCD display, was created to save space and to help people from ever tripping on a jump rope again, since there is no rope to trip on.
Now, I can understand the space benefit. I've been in crowded exercise classes before where I spent most of my time concentrating more on not smacking the face of the person behind me with the rope than on actually jumping it. I must admit, the JumpSnap would have been helpful here.
As for the not tripping over the rope....I can't help but point out that I've always understood that part of using a jump rope when exercising is to learn coordination and control. If you take the rope away doesn't it defeat the purpose? So you trip over the rope a few times, so what, it's no big deal! After the first few mistakes you get the hang of it. At least you should. Then again, I've met some really clumsy people, who absolutely hate to jump rope. They just can't jump high enough or fast enough and the crisscross jump is just disastrous. They quit before they ever get to experience the cardiovascular and muscle toning benefits of jumping rope.
A few didn't quit though and instead put their jump rope away, then jumped to an imaginary rope as their hands twirled in unison. If only they would have thought of the rope-less jump rope first. They could have been fit and had a lot of money in their pocket too.
It just goes to show, even something as simple as a jump rope can be improved upon and exercising made simpler. That's the intention at least. What do you think? Is it something I should try or should I move on to the next thing? Would you try it? See More on Jumpsnap.