Solipsism / Is There Anybody Out There?

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.

  1. I came up with a behavior modification scheme to get myself to exercise every day that actually worked.
  2. 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.
  3. I can jump rope the way I do for as long as I do, at any age, let alone 65.
  4. 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.

I'll be 70 in less than 6 months (it's Dec 2016 now) and never expected to be in this kind of shape or have this kind of stamina, at any age. Then I discovered JumpRock at 55 and HoopRock at 66. Both are so much fun it's actually easy to get fit and stay that way; this blog is to encourage you to follow my example and be in great shape yourself going into old age - that's all I can promise for now - we'll see how actual old age goes. I'm highly optimistic.
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2 Responses to Solipsism / Is There Anybody Out There?

  1. n. robinson says:

    Dear QFE Guy, You are an inspiration! I enjoy reading your entries as much as watching your videos, looking to get some inspiration of my own.
    Thanks. Ps. I love your cat and enjoy it when she watchs from the sideline!

    • Rich says:

      Thanks, really nice to hear.

      Sometimes I think the message is so subtle on the difference between exercise for fitness and exercise for how you feel that no one is getting it. It’s hard to comprehend, until you’ve experienced it, the difference in how you feel after a workout as opposed to how you feel when you get home from work, especially if you’re feeling all beat-down and depressed. And even harder to comprehend that just making the attempt to get that feeling day after day and sticking with it eventually make you anxious to get that workout in because you’ve internalized the realization that instead of feeling all beat-down and depressed you can feel buoyant and energetic. Even – I wondered for many years how to describe the feeling I get when I know endorphins have kicked in and I realized recently it can be described in one word – euphoric.

      Before JumpRock I usually noticed that feeling right after a workout, but with JumpRock, because of the music and because it’s fun, they start working almost immediately, so I’m usually euphoric to some degree when I’m jumping, even when I’ve almost reached the end of my stamina. Between the music and the endorphins, feeling tired is not the same – it’s off somewhere in a part of your mind where you can be aware of it, but it doesn’t really affect you. You gradually become depleted, but you rarely feel exhausted. Believe me, I still remember the first time I had to run the mile in basic training 43 years ago, and I know the difference.

      Yeah, I love it when Twiggy and the other cats, Twursula and Sheebee hang out, although Sheebee rarely shows up. Twiggy and Twursula are sisters we got when they were just old enough to leave their mother and Sheebee is a Maine Coon who adopted us and prances like a race horse. She loves having people and insisted we were them, so who were we to argue?

      Thanks again for your comment!!