Hi, my name is Rich. If you watched my JumpRock videos and knew my background you’d be totally amazed at the shape I’m in at the age of 65 – I’m amazed, and I lived it. The purpose of this blog is to convince as many people as possible they can achieve the same – and it doesn’t have to be jump rope. JumpRock is my way of demonstrating what is possible for just an average person. I was never athletic, I was probably slightly below average in that line – the only team I ever played on was my 6th grade softball team in 1959 and I rode the bench most of the time. In spite of access to a free swimming pool my summers around then were spent as much as possible playing board games and watching daytime re-runs of shows like “Love That Bob!”; which was the launch pad for many of the later stars and supporting casts of The Beverly Hillbillies (in prime time about then) and years later, ”The Brady Bunch”. I wander from my point, which makes my point – I’m old – no, actually I think it was I never showed any athletic potential my whole life and chose to be inert whenever possible. Oh, two points.
So, between the two, I hate exercise, I believe it’s normal to hate exercise. Oh, I wanted to be buff. I wanted so, so badly to be buff, but not badly enough; In my twenties I failed many times to get any kind of exercise program going because I couldn’t get past that hard place where you actually have to start a workout day after day; and when I failed, I felt guilty, so it was easier to just give up on the idea altogether. Fortunately, about 30 years ago I literally stumbled on a technique that gets you past the hard place. I’ll tell you what it is right now, and I hope you just go for it and it works for you – but I’m afraid most people will just blow it off – this blog is to convince them they shouldn’t. Maybe it won’t work for you, but do you want to miss out on the chance you could be in this kind of shape at age 65?
So here it is, the basis of Quest For Endorphins:
First of all, the emphasis is totally on the pleasure that results from exercise. All the other benefits are important, but in QFE, the long-term goal is to associate exercise with pleasure, so that’s always the focus. The short-term goal is to establish a habit. You can establish a habit through repetition. However, it’s just too hard to force yourself to workout every day because of the hard place, so you have to make it softer. For now, let’s just worry about establishing the habit by commiting to only starting a workout every day – don’t commit to how long it will be, just start and quit as soon as you feel like it. The only approach I know where you get credit for going through the motions!!! I think the conventional wisdom on habits is that it takes about six weeks. But the idea is that by getting the positive feedback every day from the endorphins and overall energy boost that you gradually become unwilling to just give in to lethargy because you’ve felt the difference day after day.
So that’s it – if you deliberately do nothing more than go through the motions day after day then obviously it won’t work. But if you consistently make an honest effort you’ll be amazed at how different you feel once you get started when you know you can quit as soon as you like – it’s easy to do ‘just a little more’ when you know that. But you have to at least get started to get the blood moving.