Want To Ditch The Gym? Start Homesteading!
Let’s face it. Most of us dislike working out.
I know I hate it.
The gym is my personal form of torture.
So, a couple years ago, I ditched the gym.
Instead, I turned to walking (outdoors) and yoga to keep fit. It worked quite well for me, but it was still something I had to consciously fit into my days.
Now however, as we dive deeper and deeper into homesteading, I am doing less and less “organized” working out.
Why is that?
Have you ever turned a large compost pile with a pitchfork? Or dug just ONE post hole by hand?
How about splitting wood for 15-20 minutes? Hauling wood in a wheel barrow? Weeding the garden with a hoe? Mucking out an animal pen?
Here I am featuring my awesome wood splitting skills. (Due to somewhat faulty aim, I am best at creating large amounts of kindling!)
*Update*As of January 2015, I have become quite proficient at splitting wood, and am no longer creating large amounts of kindling!
You don’t even need to actually start “homesteading” to ditch the gym!
Just consistently incorporate any heavy duty activities into your life, and the results will soon appear.
*If you ever want to step it up a notch, just add a 26 pound baby in a carrier on your back like I frequently end up having to do!
Here is a list of some heavy duty activities that ANYONE can start implementing today:
* average number calories burned every 10 minutes for a 150lb person.
- Shoveling- 66 calories
- Raking- 45 calories
- Gardening- 45 calories
- Wood splitting- 66 calories
- Hauling wood- 45 calories
- Kneading bread by hand (yes, indoor work can be strenuous too!)- 20 calories
Try consistently participating in these normal homesteading activities for a month or so, and watch your muscle to fat ratio increase!
* I still go for walks and practice yoga to keep my muscles flexible, but I do it when I want to, and not out of guilt, or pressure to get fit and lose weight.
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