After the experience or rather the after-effects of jumping rope, I have given up on skipping for now. My knees and ankles are not too keen on the impact. This is not to say that I have given up altogether, I have instead switched gears and opted to return to Reps to the Rhythm videos on YouTube, and doing some basic weight training and bodyweight exercises at home. So for my first week, I jumped rope for ten minutes for my first workout, YouTube for ten minutes for the second, and light exercises for the third.
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After each session, I could feel different levels of soreness. It had decreased drastically by the end of the week but was still present. My energy levels remain the same, with no weight loss, but my moods were a bit better on the days I worked out. I felt a little more level and a little more accomplished.
So far for Week Two, I have opted to do fifteen-minute walking videos. The first attempt was okay, I was panting a bit by the end, but for the second, let’s just say I had to slow down for the last four minutes. While I could have stopped, I didn’t want to give up, so I just slowed down my pace and finished. I am a bit undecided on the length I will choose for workout three, but I intend to get it done.
Now one thing I should mention, I am still trying to figure if I prefer to work out in the mornings or evenings. Outside has been so hot, that morning workouts just make more sense, but sometimes if I am running late for work, or had a stressful day, a workout in the evening would be a good way to have some me-time. I guess I will just have to keep experimenting. The most important thing for me is to see this through by the end of the month.