I know it’s still gray and overcast, but it’s not raining or snowing, so get out and walk today.  If you are intent about walking a specific distance, you can go to the USATF website and plot a course starting and ending at your doorstep, as long as you don’t live on a nature preserve, or a small coastal island with no roads.

And remember – always ENTER YOUR DATA!

I think the links I put in the earlier entry on jumping rope were way too advanced.

This video may help get you started:

Jump Rope Basics

This is our third day of wet and gray.  You have likely tired of going up and down the basement stairs, and if you tried jumping rope yesterday, you may have a sore muscle or two.  So, today’s suggestion for a bad-weather workout is mall walking.  According to this site, Providence Place Mall may be open for walking as early as 7:00 a.m.  I do not know what the distance is around one level, and my attempt at an estimate using the USATF route calculator proved unsatisfying.  However, I doubt that there will be much problem finding a reasonable parking space hours before the stores open at 10:00 a.m.  Go ahead, give it a try.  Be a 21st Century flâneur.

Jump rope.  You can do it indoors and it gives you an opportunity to revisit the classics, such as:

I know something,
But I won’t tell.
Three little monkeys,
in a peanut shell.
One can read,
And one can dance,
And one has a hole,
in the seat of his pants!

Jumping rope, a perennial workout of boxers, improves coordination, agility, quickness, footwork and endurance.

It’s dead cheap, as you can probably find a piece of cord around the house that you can use to get started, and the most expensive high tech jump rope probably isn’t more than $25.  I got one recently from this place for $15, shipping included.

With practice, you can learn to jump like this or this.  According to the step equivalents, 30 minutes of jumping rope is equivalent to 9091 steps.  Not too shabby!

P.S.  I took my own advice.  Let me tell you that it is challenging and exhausting, but a great workout!

If you look out your window, today’s weather is a disincentive to exercise.  It just makes you want to turn over and pull the covers over your head.  However, you have committed to an exercise regime, and you can’t use the weather as an excuse for not sticking to it.

To meet your exercise quota, you can walk up and down a set of stairs inside, whether it’s up to your second floor or down to your basement.  If you have neither a second floor nor a basement, you can wander from room to room, as though searching for your keys.

Enter your data.

P.S. Now that most of us have telephones that are not tethered to wall devices, if you are talking on the phone, walk around.  Those steps count.

That business of not being fooled by “diet” stuff goes double for diet soft drinks.

Don’t be fooled by foods that claim to be “low fat” or “fat free.”  In addition to being low or flavor-free, they most frequently substitute other calories to make up for the stunning lack of satisfaction occasioned by the removal of the fat.  If you don’t believe me, perhaps you will believe Dr. Oz.

Further diligent research indicates that the unit for “portions” or “servings” is the humble cup.  The CDC has some nice pictures relating a “cup” to commonly known fruits and vegetables.  What baffles me is that they choose to relate “servings” of oddly shaped items to a measure of volume.

I say we push for “servings” by weight, and that we demand that they be given in THE METRIC SYSTEM!

Who’s with me?

What's a Portion?

Telling us we need 5 portions of fruits and vegetables a day is like telling us we need 5 bags of fruits and vegetables a day. It begs the question: “How big is a portion?”