Without looking at a dictionary first, I’m going to tell you my definition of Euphoria.

Euphoria is having a feeling of perfect well-being. Awareness of life’s problems varies from none at all to knowing about them but not caring because right now you’re in a state of total bliss. There’s a small part of your mind where you can observe and be amazed at how wonderful you feel and how you just don’t care about your problems and wishing you could remember this clearly enough to describe how it feels.

It’s exactly the same as when they give you powerful drugs before surgery and you know you should be anxious, but you feel so good you just can’t.

So how great is it that I get to feel euphoria almost every day when I jump rope? Not the whole time – I enjoy the whole thing, but it’s usually during certain songs that I go through periods of feeling so good I just can’t imagine feeling any better. The especially amazing part is that sometimes when I come home I’m almost morose – tough problems today, gotta go back and do the same thing tomorrow, and the day after that…

So morose and lethargic I can’t really believe that jumping will be fun or even make me feel better. I have to go on what I know, which is that it worked the day before, and the day before that, and all the way back to over 30 years ago when I started riding a stationary bike every day. I always, always, always feel better after a workout. The stationary bike isn’t really fun, but you can approach euphoria sometimes when the music is right and you’re in the groove. And it has the advantage that after a few months the rides all start blurring together, so you can zone and the time flies by.

But back to the subject of euphoria. I always feel good after a workout, and it’s not the same but related to the euphoria I feel when I’m jumping. But that sense of well-being, especially compared to how I felt when I started, is pretty much the same. It’s just not as ecstatic.

So if you want to feel really, really good for at least a little while every day, get yourself hooked by committing to starting a workout every day. Nothing more. Just keep in mind that your goal is to feel better and the more effort you make, within reason, the better you’ll feel afterwards. Do that day after day and the positive feedback will gradually make you expect that good feeling every day so you’ll go out of your way to get in a workout rather than make excuses why you can’t.

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. H. Peter Hundt says:

    Dear Raichard,
    Let me start off by admitting, that I am impressed by your fitness and determination.
    The choice of music does not display bad taste either..
    Though: the short leave a wee bit to desire, nowadays they come in colour, as well…
    Today I went to a museum in my neck of the woods and there was a ropery… with a master roper showing how ropes were made in the olden
    I made a skipping rope for your there.. trying hard not to make a fool of myself in front of the pupils who were attending this ”show” with me.
    If you like, let me have your postal address, and I shall send it to you by snail mail.
    It is supposed to be my medal of honour for you and you hard work.
    Love from all of us.. pat-a-pat to the kitty..
    H. Peter

    • Rich says:

      Hi Peter,

      I apologize for taking so long to reply to your wonderful comment. I’m reluctant on general principles to give out my address and I let my dithering over that delay my response. My wife has persuaded me it’s ok to violate my rules, so I will be sending it to you with my thanks.