When I was in elementary school, I used to enjoy jumping rope, and I was fairly skilled at it. I think I quit jumping rope when I was around ten years old. I didn’t pick up a jump rope again until after I turned fifty-three years old. I had some trouble finding my rhythm again. While I’ve consistently made fitness a priority in life, I lacked the stamina to jump rope for more than a few minutes at a time. It felt like my heart was going to burst and I couldn’t catch my breath. I saw this as a great opportunity to introduce something new and demanding into my regular workout. I began practicing every day. I purchased a decent quality jump rope with weighted handles. I took the time to research the recommended length. I work out an average of 6 days a week and I started using jumping rope as my warm up. I have steadily improved my skills and expertise. I can now jump for 30 minutes straight. I’ve added all sorts of various jump roping skills. I can turn in full circle in either direction, hop on one foot, do high knees, skip and run with the rope. It’s a tiring, high-cardio workout that really gets my blood pumping. I’m always drenched in sweat and breathing hard by the time I’m finished. I feel great about my progress and proud of my accomplishment. I’ve seen a significant difference in the shape of my legs, belly and arms. I’ve lost a couple of pounds due to jumping rope. I’m hoping to keep this level of fitness as I get older. I plan to stay in peak shape as I age. I realize that physical fitness and proper nutrition are the keys to better health and overall quality of life.