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Yes, when the weather is nice, as it is for our first day of spring, lounge chairs call to us with a siren song of naps in the sunshine and the first bit of sun on skin grown pale from languishing under layers of wool. But you don’t have to lash yourself to the mast! Just go outside and move around. Go for a run, go for a walk, rake those pesky leaves that blew from your neighbor’s yard onto your crocuses and daffodils.

Get out and go!


If you are heading off on vacation, please remember the sunscreen. Nothing makes exercise more problematic than a bad sunburn. And, of course, dietary moderation is in order.


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!

Here’s a hint: when you are watching television, get up during the commercials and walk around the house. It gives a whole new meaning to “Frasier Marathon.”