Bouncing Along

This morning, I woke up with a smile on my face. I said to myself, “I haven’t gone running in my Kangoos in a while. That’s sounds like the perfect thing to do.” So after responding to some email and commenting on a few blogs, I strapped on my Kangoo Jumps and headed out the door.

Kangoos are enormously fun. Think: running on a trampoline for five miles outside on the street! Sometimes when I’m running, I want mostly privacy, a space to be in my thoughts and intuition. But when I run in my Kangoos, I have to decide that there won’t be any privacy on the bike paths because everyone wants to speak to me. They want to know whether running in these rebounder boots is a harder workout – the answer is “Yes!” Are they fun? “Yes”!” Do you have to pay attention to your balance? “Yes!” Do you burn more calories? “Yes!” And yes, what you’re hearing in the video is squeaking – never have figured out how to get rid of that so have just embraced it as part of the experience!

The most important thing for me is this: they bring out the little kid in me. That’s where the spiritual part comes in. I get to be a child again – smiling and laughing as I bounce along. And on those days when I do run in my Kangoos, I’m saying to the world: “This is fun, laugh with me!”

So today, enjoy this summer day (or winter, if you’re in the Southern Hemisphere). If you’re in the U.S., however you celebrate our Independence Day, allow yourself some time to feel childlike – a picnic, fireworks, a parade. And if you’re not in the U.S., I hope you can do something fun to lighten your spirit!



©CathyUlrich and LargeSelf, 2012

11 comments on “Bouncing Along

  1. russtowne says:

    Cool! Thank you for including a video with this fun post! I’ve never seen or heard of them before. Russ


  2. I never even heard of Kangoos until I read your post, Cathy. Yet another good thing I learned from reading your blog! 🙂


  3. Cathy Ulrich says:

    They’re really fun, MW. Not sure how they’d work on the streets of New York, but I know there are classes where you can do aerobics with them. It’s like your own personal trampoline. Cheers!


  4. Looking good Cathy!!!!! Love-Julie


  5. healthyandholistic says:

    Those look so fun! 🙂


  6. Gina's Professions for PEACE says:

    I really enjoy this post! Great idea for fitness and fun. And if I may echo what Julie said: “Looking Good Cathy!!” You inspire me in so many ways!
    Love, Gina


    • Cathy Ulrich says:

      Thanks, Gina! It was fun to share this. As a P.T., when I talk with clients about fitness programs, my motto is: it needs to be fun – something that you’ll enjoy – or at least not dread or despise – otherwise you won’t do it.


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