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Saturday is Cardio Fun Day for us. After doing my "Eights," ie cardio intervals, yesterday morning, I spent 40 minutes working on my jump rope drills while Mrs. BD did her assigned routines. Stay fit and strong for your spouse, if not for yourself. Need each other to be fit for a long life. You do not want to crap out or fat out on him or her.
Man, jump is fatiguing as heck but there is little to no joint impact, done properly. Just a light tap on the balls of the feet. I did lots of singles speed rope (sets of 100+) and worked on one-footed and then worked on Running Man. I can do one-footed jumps sort of ok for a bit, but I find it tough to coordinate running with the rope. It looks easy but is not until you get the hang of it. Brain is the problem - it gets mixed up.
Supposedly doubles come next but I have to master Running Man first, and for somebody for whom walking while chewing gum is challenging, it's a bitch, but there is some fun it in.
Jump games are excellent high-intensity cardio-endurance drills, cost next to nothing, zero joint impact, and can be done anywhere. Why not? Boxers and tennis pros think it's the best endurance drill. Maybe stairs can compare, but demand less moving balance.
(nb: Lots of people have the idea that you can lose fat via exercise. No way. De minimus. Cardio-endurance exercises - "calisthenics" - can keep you energetic and mobile, though. Lucky for me, fat not a problem. Keeping my weight up is my problem. That's where the mashed taters come in.)
OK, you've persuaded me. I need something new to do for cardio on days when getting to the gym is not working for me. Jumping rope sounds good, especially if it's low-impact. Otherwise I usually do stairs.