So far, I’ve spent pretty much nothing on exercise equipment. Well, that changed today. I went out and bought a new piece of equipment. As with any purchase, I gave it a lot of thought. Would I really use it? Would it just sit in a room and not get used? Would it help me in my War On Diabetes?
You know – all of the usual questions before you purchase a piece of equipment.
As you may know, I walk for my basic form of exercise, and have since I was first diagnosed with Diabetes. Five or six days a week for a minimum of 30 minutes, I walk. Yes, I walk farther and faster than when I started, but it’s still one foot in front of another. Three days a week I add a little resistance training using the machine a neighbor gave me. So, really, I have not spent anything on exercise equipment or a gym membership (I wouldn’t go to a gym, anyway).
Anyway, I decided a new piece of equipment would be useful and that it would not gather dust. So, earlier today I went out to buy it. I figured I’d take it with me, so I wouldn’t have to deal with any delivery people, and I was fairly confident that if needed, I could figure out how it all went together.
With the cash in my pocket, I went in the store. They took a measurement, or two. Double checked them to make sure everything was good, and I walked out with my new piece of equipment…
A piece of rope. What in the heck am I going to do with a piece of rope? Jump rope. Well, skip rope, really. I spent all of $2.28 for a 12 foot piece of rope at Home Depot. And, you know what, it works! I can get my heart rate up faster and it’s kind of fun! Yeah, there’s going to be a bit of a learning curve as I get used to skipping rope, but am very confident that it will all come back to me quickly.
My plan is to walk, and then skip rope for about 10 minutes, and/or skip rope and then do a bit of resistance training. It’s just another way for me to exercise to add a bit of variety. Don’t get me wrong, I love my walk, but every once in a while I want to do something different. For me, it will be skipping rope. And, if you have kids around, everyone could skip rope! How great would that be? Exercising and getting quality family time!
If you want to skip rope, my advice is to go into a store that sells jump ropes. The rope I picked up at Home Depot is a bit lighter than I really want. I just looked on the internet and you can find jump ropes under $10.00 – ones with handles and everything – pretty easy. And, you know the great thing about jumping rope? You can do it in a patio, garage…or even a basement if the ceiling is tall enough. The weather does not have to effect your exercise routine.
So, go out and feel like a kid again – jump rope to fight your War On Diabetes! And, get this – you can burn 120 to 150, or more, calories with just a moderate pace skipping rope for 10 minutes. This is great stuff!
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As always, thank you for reading. Remember, it is YOUR War On Diabetes – or Prediabetes – and YOU can win it.