How to “Jump” Start Cardio the Playful Way

In my opinion, the most regrettable aspect of growing up is forgetting how to play. Remember sprinting around the jungle gym all afternoon as a kid…heart pounding…lungs burning…legs aching…yet never losing steam?

For me, those childhood memories can be summed up in just one word: freedom.

Who says there’s an age limit on playtime? Why, as adults, are we expected to trade in our muddy sneakers for sensible penny loafers? At what point, did the arbitrary expiration date on “fun” expire?

The youthful you viewed physical activity as a source of enjoyment, while the mature you  considers it a necessary evil. Au contraire, I say! You’re never too old for recapturing that boundless energy and free spirit.

But, where to start? That’s the million dollar question.

Enter: TKO Sports, a workout equipment company who’s tagline Whatever It Takes reflects a deep-rooted commitment to wellness and healthy living. Plus, TKO recognizes the importance of P-L-A-Y. (Your younger self would definitely approve!)

So, without further ado…introducing TKO Soft-Grip Jump Ropes, a revolution in cardio fitness that puts the excitement back in exercise. 

TKO jump rope

Gotta love that cheery yellow and lively blue!

First, let’s talk quality assurance:

  • Lightweight, non-slip grips for speed training
  • Smooth swivel design for agility training
  • Metal ball-bearing for tangle prevention
  • Smooth tubing for consistent swing motion
  • 9-foot solid PVC rope for maximum durability

Next, fast meets effective:

  • TKO’s 15-minute jump rope cardio workout burns 170 calories.

TKO jump rope packaging

The box doesn’t lie. Impressive? Well…duh!

Simply hop and skip your way to optimal heart health with the following easy-peasy regimen:

TKO jump rope cardio workout

Staying in shape shouldn’t be a chore. Working up a sweat shouldn’t feel like torture. Nope, fitness should be fun! Unleash that inner child who’s begging to go outside and play. Give yourself permission to embrace movement, enjoy exertion and reap some groovy health benefits along the way. (Yeah…I said “groovy.” Sorry, not sorry!)

jumping rope

Who’s got jump rope swag? Oh, that would be me!

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 Special thanks to Lipton Publicity and, of course, TKO Sports, for sharing this product with me.

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Don’t Wait for the New Year. It’s Never Too Early for a New You.

Yeah…Yeah…Yeah. You know the drill:

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…

…for working up a sweat, that is!

Wait, is that not how the song goes? Oh, well. Sorry to burst your bubble, but with the imminent threat of “holiday pounds” (dun! dun! dun!) looming on the horizon, now is an ideal time to kick your fitness goals into high gear. Why hold out until New Years to start acting on that — dare I say, predictable — resolution?

The following 28-day Interval Training circuit, courtesy of Girls Gone Sporty and CROSSROPE, will support you all the way through this festive, yet often diet-derailing season.

With a combination of high intensity tabata, cardio and strength conditioning exercises, you can count on this 4-week program to whip you into tip-top shape — just in time for debuting that brand new little black dress  at holiday parties or tongue-tying those hypercritical relatives into stunned silence.

These daily workouts can be done absolutely anywhere, anytime.  And, aside from your own body weight, the only equipment you’ll need is a jump rope.  (Any jump rope will suffice; however, if you wanna get uber legit, the masterminds behind this program suggest using CROSSROPE’s Double Under Domination Set. Check out my social media accounts to score a 5% discount code on CROSSROPE merchandise.)

So, without further ado…Tone your way through Thanksgiving and Christmas, then ring in the New Year with a fabulous physique and oodles of confidence to continue this healthy streak into 2015!

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***Disclaimer: I do not own the rights to any of these image slides or the 28-Day Interval Training circuit. All credit for this post goes to Laura Williams, founder of Girls Gone Sporty, in association with CROSSROPE.***

(Oh, and one more thing: Download the entire program here.)