What Jumping Rope taught me about Life & Fitness
We often judge activities based on how much they change us physically. But, we never think about the mental aspect. How moving our bodies everyday changes our character is something we fail to reflect on.
I used to be a runner. Treadmill or no treadmill, rain or snow, I ran everyday from 5:30-6:30 in the morning.
But, I hated every minute of it.
From the moment I tied my laces, up until my last mile, even thinking about running scared me.
So, why did I do it?
I used to be a chubby kid. I was ‘that kid’ who deliberately tried to get sick for sports day. And so, during college, every time I ran, I had billions of voices shunning me down. At times it was the voice of my soccer coach calling me a’tractor’, other times, it was my classmates, commenting on my man boobs from the sideline as I struggled to finish the race.
So, to me, running during college was a way to prove something. Naturally, it was unhealthy. For starters, I was in college, still dreading about things that happened during high school.
I had to let go. I had to grow.
That is when I came across Jumping Rope.
It has been a year and a half, and, not only has Jumping Rope altered my physique, but, it has helped me develop my character by teaching me lessons about life and fitness.
Here are some of them.
If you’re just starting out, there’s some required trial and error for getting the right form. That trial and error requires patience and perseverance. There’s no place for ego.
I used to run despite hating it because I felt as if I had to prove something to someone. As if, I was still competing with my friends in high school.
Because I failed multiple times before finally getting the right form, jumping rope taught me, that, in reality, I was competing with myself. I did not have to get better than anyone but myself.
And that change in mindset helped me optimize everything.
Failure helped me touch base with reality and develop patience, it killed all that toxic ego that was bottled up inside. This made consistency easier.
As my form started getting better there were times where ego popped up again. In the middle of my workout, I started thinking about how cool I looked while jumping rope.
And, that is when the rope would get stuck between my legs. Reality would hit me, forcing me to focus on the now.
Thus, jumping rope trained me to stay focused, training my mind to not wander and instead- be in the now, in the flow state where the mind and the body seem connected and everything is coordinated (there are also studies that prove that jump rope training improves coordination, balance, and focus.
That feeling of flow is something to work for.
This significantly changed the quality of my work as I spent more time in doing deep work.