Running vs. Jump Rope
Now that I have established that I hate to run, I have a good reason not to, and that’s because I have bad knees. Everything creaks. I’m almost fifty, and as we age, we begin to notice that the things that worked before, no longer have the same effect. I began feeling this way once I hit forty. Stress and other lifestyle choices accelerate the aging process, and with fluctuating hormones, losing weight becomes an even bigger challenge for many people. Losing weight has always been a real struggle for me.
I joined to get away from what was going on in my home environment. It was more of an escape to feel like I was part of a team that was safe. I guess I was running away from my problems, but when you’re fourteen, you don’t stop to analyze the reasons why you do what you do. You feel invincible and you don't worry about all the little intricacies that can have an effect on you down the road. So, I developed this habit of overtraining. Not to say that when you're young you can't and shouldn't train hard. Otherwise, we wouldn't have Olympic athletes if that was the case, but I didn't hinge that training to proper eating habits and good rest. As I got older, that overtraining caught up to me and acted as a catalyst that only made things worse. Coupled with chronic stress, and it became a recipe for disaster. No matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t lose the weight.
It’s taken me such a long time, but after all the other issues with brain fog and fatigue, now that I have the energy to exercise, I know it will get easier, being constantly cautious that I not only reduce stress, but that I don’t over train. Cycling, of course is better for cardio, especially if you have knee problems, but I like to vary my routines so that I don’t stagnate, which is why I choose jump rope as a good alternative to running. I just wanted to offer a word of encouragement and a quick exercise tip. To those struggling with weight loss, try not to be so hard on yourself. Remember that we’re all in this together, the struggle is real, so never give up trying.