How long has it been since you played hopscotch? For many of us, I would say it has been far too long. I was lucky enough this past weekend to play some hopscotch. It was a blast! I had forgotten how much fun it was to jump through the squares jumping first on two feet, then hopping on one foot, then two, then one, until you finally reach the 9 and 10 squares with your two footed jump and turn! I couldn’t believe the range of skills that were needed to play – I had forgotten that too. For example, jumping and hoping through the squares was much harder than I remembered and it took awhile for my muscles and mind to remember; I was also very grateful for the side-to-side lateral jumps we did during boot camp because this helped. Another thing I had forgotten is that it is actually kind of hard to balance (at least it is when you are 50) on one foot while picking up your taw. The first time I tried I fell over! I was having so much fun playing that Jimmy and my mom joined in too. Here we were, three grown ups, playing hopscotch. We could have played all day! I wish we had!
I hope you will take some time this week or weekend to play some hopscotch. Draw the American hopscotch court, or whatever hopscotch court/grid you drew when you were young, or visit your local elementary and play on their court. Did you know you can burn up to 348 calories an hour playing hopscotch? However many calories you burn, I guarantee you will use muscles and skills you haven’t used in a long time. Be warned though, it is no longer easy to find hoppy taws (my mom looked and looked for mine, but we couldn’t find it, so I made one out of electrical tape). I am ordering mine from Amazon. Of course you can use a bean bag or a rock, but me being me, I wanted to use exactly the same thing I used when I was young (it’s one of my faults, I like things to be exactly as I remember them). Anyway, Jimmy and I are going to the grade school this weekend to play a good ol’ game of hopscotch. I have a feeling it’s going to be a good summer :).
Play like you did when you were kid!
P.S. The InPerspire Bingo word of the day is: fitness (I hear some of you are getting close to Bingo – this is exciting!).