Want To Ditch The Gym? Start Homesteading!

Want to ditch the gym? Start homesteading! | areturntosimplicity.com

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!

Want to ditch the gym? Start Homesteading! | areturntosimplicity.com

Want to ditch the gym? Start Homesteading! | areturntosimplicity.com

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!

Want to ditch the gym? Start homesteading! | areturntosimplicity.com

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.

Want to ditch the gym? Start homesteading! | areturntosimplicity.com


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11 responses to “Want To Ditch The Gym? Start Homesteading!”

  1. Jennifer A says:

    Goodness, you rock! Homesteading is a work out, but it’s a lot more fun than the gym. It helps me maintain, but I will have to start running to lose some extra baby weight. Especially since there’s not much gardening work for me to do in the winter. I should start splitting wood too, but I don’t think my husband would be very happy with a pile of my firewood.

    • Angi says:

      I am definitely getting better at the wood splitting thing Jennifer! My husband gets a chuckle out of watching me, and as he says- every piece I split, is one less that he has to split!!

  2. Ann says:

    great post – very true! Happy New Year and best wishes!

  3. daisy says:

    I couldn’t agree more. I enjoy hauling water by hand when refilling the bird baths and heavy work. I also enjoy walking and yoga, as well as bike riding into my daily routine, but it’s nice to break it up with some good, hard work. Thanks for sharing this wonderful post on this week’s Maple Hill Hop!

  4. Angie I couldn’t agree more! I stopped going to the gym once I figured out I get more of a workout just living my life every day on the farm! I found you on The Homestead Barn Hop and I’d like to invite you to share your posts on The HomeAcre Hop on Thursdays!

  5. JES says:

    I completely agree Angi! And not only for exercise but for overall health in general (mental well being too):


    Thank you for sharing this on the Art of Home-Making Mondays!

  6. Jan Thomas says:

    I wish I had worked harder at finding ways to stay fit that worked within my normal day. I regret it now, but we can always start, no matter our age, health or circumstances, right? Thanks for the encouragement! I needed it! Thank you so much for sharing this over at Country Fair Blog Party! I truly love reading your blog and can not wait to see what you share with us next month!
    Love always!
    Jan @TipGarden

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