It does sleep sometimes….

It was raining so I had to bring my 50 minute training routine inside. Every few minutes our son comes to check on me. I think he is just checking that I still have a pulse.

He stood looking really puzzled at me.

“Dad what on Earth are you doing”

Rather breathlessly I told him I was skipping.

“What like the boxers do!”

That’s right son, it’s a great exercise.

Haven’t you forgotten something Dad?”

Like what?

“The skipping rope!”

Technically yes. The problem is that I can’t skip. I have tried for years and my record is about 6 seconds before I garrotted myself. So I have decided to just imagine that I have a rope. Suddenly skipping is so easy and I can get most of the benefits of the exercise without looking like a complete pillock…

No just a partial pillock”

That is very fair.

But Dad it’s like me and falconry. I’m not yet allowed to be a falconer and hold birds of prey. But I imagine that I do. It’s good practice.”

And with that I was allowed to go back to my version of skipping. We all need to release our imagination every so often. It can help us in so many ways. Even allows an uncoordinated pillock like me to skip….

69 thoughts on “Skipping but not as you know it

  1. “Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution.” Albert Einstein.

    As my brain research has shown: when we imagine an activity in as much detail as possible (moving our body in line with how we imagine ourselves doing in our mind, etc) we improve our performance when we next do the activity for real. It’s the equivalent of picturing the shot in golf, football or basketball, whatever, before you do the action.

    Picture yourself getting a 6 pack while you’re skipping! πŸ˜‰

    Remember to save a bottle for me! πŸ™‚

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      1. Ouch!

        When you think about it (no pun intended!) our brain’s neurons are directly connected to almost every cell in our body through nerve endings, which are effectively other neurons. They send and transmit vital information to and from our brain every second of our life. They direct other resources such as blood supply also and our brains, while using different parts of the brain for imagination versus actual sensation, can sometimes be tricked into thinking what is imagined is ‘real’ – take some psychoses for example where we see things that are not there and our body releases adrenalin and other hormones as if there is a real threat.

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      2. Some will definitely be better at it than others!

        I’m hoping more can be understood about our body/brain connection so we can all get the best benefits from understanding what makes us all ‘tick’. πŸ™‚

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      3. We may never know – but we can always believe. πŸ˜‰

        If a delusion gives us a positive result then i for one am happy to be deluded! (Yes Virginia, there IS a Santa Clause).

        Of course, then it comes down to how often/well the delusion can be relied upon and the cost of relying on it should it fail?

        And that would lead into an extremely tortuous dialogue on the topic of Faith and it’s possible benefits and pitfalls and maybe that’s better left for another time? πŸ™‚
        (I’m sure you have quite enough on your plate for the moment!)

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      4. That is true.

        People who have ‘Big’ dreams can drag people into their dream also.

        I certainly have dreams, but i’m not much of a dreamer: Fantasist maybe, but not much of a Dreamer. πŸ˜‰

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  2. Hi, do you have Netflix, and if so, do you watch Atypical? Apologies if you have been asked that a hundred times. If you have seen it, I would be interested to hear what you think. (I am on Season 1 Episode 5.)

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      1. Oh me too!!! Just got off 14.5 hour train journey! Me and my husband were extras in a film in India though- very common to be asked as a foreigner! But that is the extent of my on screen career! Atypical is a drama about a teen with autism and his family.

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  3. Eeesh, I can’t imagine having the rope now. When I was a kid I could get into double dutch every now and then. There’s something to the young fearlessness that lets you throw yourself into spinning perils without fear of dying…

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