A lady wanders into a lecture on Solipsism not knowing what the word means and when it’s over goes up to the lecturer and says “Thank goodness, I thought I was the only one!!” (Don’t know the author of that joke, might have been Mark Twain)
Four experiences in my life are so improbable that they make me wonder if reality is just a figment of my imagination.
- I came up with a behavior modification scheme to get myself to exercise every day that actually worked.
- The thing I have the most fun doing is also the thing I do that’s best for my health and fitness at age 65, and has been without fail for ten years.
- I can jump rope the way I do for as long as I do, at any age, let alone 65.
- I’m in the best shape of my life at 65 and getting better.
Three and four still kind of freak me out. I mean what the hell? It’s really great and all, but what the hell? Am I hallucinating all this? Is there something wrong with everyone else? Otherwise where are all the other 65 year olds who can do this kind of thing? Sure, you have people like Schwarzenegger and Stallone, but their professions / public images require them to stay in shape, so they’re on top of it all the time and have the luxury of time to work on it. And you have 70 year old vulcanologists who have the bodies of twenty year olds from running up and down mountains all the time.
Can I be the one person to discover an exercise that the average person with the average amount of time at their disposal can have fun doing and end up in what by comparison is amazing shape at 65?
That seems even more improbable, but I think that’s exactly what happened. I think JumpRock really is different and not just because it’s fun. The more you try to express the music and the better you get at it, the more you’re working against your center of gravity at literally an infinite number of possible angles which you never precisely repeat. Improvisation, music, and increasing strength and stamina motivate you to come up with more and more variations. There’s a sense of creativity that never goes away and in fact becomes more pronounced and fulfiling as time goes on.
And, aside from the remaining flab, my body actually looks young instead of just fit – more like the vulcanologist I mentioned rather than the old guys you see doing the swim to Catalina. They look fit, but you can see it’s laid on – the vulcanologist looked almost like an adolescent, slender but not at all frail. As an example, the skin is tighening up on my arms near the elbows where everything bends so it doesn’t look so crepe-papery.
Can you imagine how amazing it is to be this old and be experiencing these kinds of changes? I used to think life was pretty much over when you turned 50 and actually turning 50 did nothing to change my mind. I was in decent shape from all the years of stationary bike, but that only slowed the decline. Then arthritis in my neck when I was about 54. My past of riding the bike helped me there because I was really able to throw myself into the physical therapy and just kind of zone out to block the discomfort from exertion because I was used to it from the bike. It wasn’t long after the therapy built up the strength in my neck and shoulders so the arthritis got better that I started jumping, and I haven’t needed the neck exercises since.
So that’s why JumpRock is different. If you watch a full sequence of videos from last Saturday or Sunday you’ll see that it’s different. And I think it’s great for training for sports like basketball. When jumping you land at hundreds of angles while you’re in control; it seems to me that should make you stronger and less likely to be injured when you have to come down at those angles at random.
Also I’ve found it greatly enhances the effects of weights. I’m 65, did I mention that? I’m getting much better results than when I used to do weights when I was younger. But I have to admit that even though I only started doing weights again about a year ago, that year is probably longer than the sum total of time I did weights all the rest of my life.
Oh, I’m sure there are lots of other people who discovered the same thing but didn’t try to share the information. But the four improbable facts I mentioned above are so amazing and have made my life so much better than I could ever have imagined that I feel compelled to share how I did it with everyone. I didn’t know that JumpRock would be fun or I’d end up in this kind of shape. How will anyone else, unless I show them? Assuming there’s really anyone out there of course.