We often judge activities based on how much they change us physically, but we never think about the mental aspect. Moving our bodies every day changes our character, which is something many of us fail to reflect on.
I used to be a runner. Treadmill or no treadmill, rain or snow, I ran every morning from 5:30 to 6:30 a.m. Here's the thing, though—I hated every minute of it.
From the moment I tied my laces up until my last mile, even thinking about running scared me. So, why did I do it? As a kid, I was a little overweight. I was the kid that deliberately got "sick" for sports day. So during college, every time I ran, I had a million voices in my head. At times it was the voice of my soccer coach calling me a "tractor"; other times it was my classmates, commenting on my "man boobs" from the sideline as I struggled to finish the race.
So to me, running during college was a way to prove something. It was very unhealthy. For starters, I was in college, still focusing on things that had happened in high school. I had to let go. I had to grow. That's when I discovered the magic of jumping rope.
It has been a year and a half, and not only has jumping rope altered my physique, but it has helped me develop my character by teaching me lessons about life and fitness.
Here are some of them: