Ringing in the New Year with my Jolly Jumper

//Ringing in the New Year with my Jolly Jumper

Despite being cliche, at the beginning of every year I always make resolutions.  And to help me stay true to my own promises, I write down this list of annual goals in my new personal agenda for the year (yes, I use paper. I’m that old school).  I’m a big fan of reflection, and as I make my new list, I also look back on 2009’s objectives to see how it panned out.  Some goals were a flat out failure (like learning to play the djembe), while others can be crossed of the list with fist-bumping satisfaction ( getting my book published).  And then there are those which need to be transferred to 2010 (Strengthening and toning my body).

When it comes to exercise – I’m terribly non-committal.  I have dabbled in gym memberships and I have an on-again off-again relationship with a variety of yoga studios (no matter how hot they are), but I somehow I can’t seem to stay consistent.  And Jan/ Feb are the worse for falling off the workout wagon which makes my New Year New You project pretty unsuccessful from the get-go.  Its usually a combo of getting busy at work with the fact that its so cold that I rarely feel like leaving my radiator’s side. But this year I have found the perfect, excuse-shattering solution: a rebounder!

A rebounder is a mini trampoline which you jump up and down on for an excellent cardio workout.  Its low impact on your knees and joints (unlike running), it strengthens your core as you engage your abs as you work against gravity – and its really fun!  Just turn up the tunes and bounce to the music.

My practical side also loves it because it doesn’t take up a lot of space (perfect for our small unit) – and I can fit in my exercise while dinner is in the oven (yes we have been cooking instead of resorting to meal service).
Now, many of you may know that I am a bit of a sucker for gimmicky gadgets and shopping channel-worthy home equipment – I have multiple face massagers and an ab exerciser which is much like a lazy susan that is supposed to strengthen your stomach girdle as you swivel- but I really think this one is a keeper.

I have had my rebounder for a little under a month and have used it almost every day (which is more than I can say for my Master Moves Rotator).  Of course this doesn’t mean I will stop going to yoga or throw out the Rodney Yee DVDs I have – but its a good way to stay active even in times of time-poverty and low motivation.

So, with a bit of discipline and commitment, I will not be rewriting this resolution in 2011.

2012-06-15T23:22:22-04:00 By |Cellulite|4 Comments

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  1. Lindsey January 1, 2010 at 11:22 pm - Reply

    First of all – I love your new website! And second, I was just mentioning to MC the other day your quiet love of shopping-channel-esque gimmicky goods. It’s hilarious because you’re so practical! I love the sounds of the Jumper. Pretty soon you’ll be primed and ready to head to Pilates with me!

  2. Michelle (BeautyEditor.ca) January 4, 2010 at 7:51 pm - Reply

    I love my rebounder! It doesn’t even feel like exercise when I use it… do you think it’s comparable to other forms of cardio?

    I read somewhere that for best results you should gently bounce with your feet not leaving the bottom – any idea if that’s true? I don’t feel like I’m getting as great of a workout when I do that, but maybe it has something to do with lymph drainage/cellulite. (Which I’ll be honest – was half the reason I bought the thing!)

  3. Jeigh January 5, 2010 at 4:52 pm - Reply

    I want a Jolly Jumper! Great new site and the new cover(?) and name of the book!! I hope moving and such went well!!
    🙂

  4. Kristen January 6, 2010 at 9:28 am - Reply

    Thanks guys – it really is the perfect little exercise apparatus. And yes, while I am a sucker for shopping channel products (the slap chop is on my to-get list) — its not because I’m imporactical — its the opposite. They always showcase a products benefits and functions so neatly and show me how it will save time and store well!

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