The milestones of Skipping in my life:
The early years: My Dad and I would skip everywhere. He must have looked like a fool or the cutest Dad in the world. We’d skip to the shops, to the swimming pool and laugh as we go.
Still a child years: it got competitive. Who could skip higher, faster. I didn’t always win. We know where my competitive side comes from.
Early teens: I was way too embarrassed to skip with my Dad. I thought I was way too cool for that. (I was not a cool child.) My Father knew this and would egg me on. He loved to embarrass me.
Later teen years: Oh the roles reversed. We were walking to lunch one day and I grabbed my Dad’s hand and started skipping. He was mortified. People were watching. What used to be a Father skipping with his 4 year old little girl then turned into these two adult weirdos skipping into a restaurant. This gave me the best laugh.
Nowadays: At random times I’ll have a wee skip. Instantly my heart will lift. I’ll have that childish lightness about me and I’ll feel good for the rest of the day. I’ll probably have a little chuckle to myself while I’m at it, it feels so good. Yes I realize that people must think I’m strange but they’re not the ones feeling awesome.
This is probably how I’ll break a hip when I’m older.
Now I’m looking at skipping for fitness. The main man Mr. D was telling me about it. During his strength workouts he’ll skip inbetween exercises for one minute.
Every set of exercises I look at these days has skipping incorporated.It has really taken off. I’ve heard about how great skipping is for you for years. Great for cardio, really tones up the legs and bum but I didn’t pay attention. Now that it’s the in thing I’m all over it.
Here’s a pic for some stand alone skipping exercises. Or try out doing a minute of skipping in between exercises. I did it this morning and by the 5th set I was feeling it.
To be completely honest with you I don’t even have a skipping rope. It’s on my to do list. But that hasn’t stopped me. I know the actions. I think like Peter Pan and just pretend I have one. Probably isn’t the best but it’s better then not doing it at all. Or saying I’ll do it when I get one which could be next Christmas.
I would like to thank my Dad for introducing skipping into my life.
Next time your out, give it a go, have a little skip. You’ll feel so good.
Photo Link: http://www.visualphotos.com/image/2×3800747/father_and_daughter_6-8_skipping_on_beach_near