Wednesday, October 01, 2014
As I have shared before we are building our "forever home" on the farm. It's a BIG job. While we are not physically wielding the hammers I spend time on the job site daily making decisions when changes occur, choosing materials, correcting errors and paying the bills. It can be very stressful at times.
There is a good side to this: I'm on my feet, walking up and down stairs, climbing ladders and upping my activity. I'm not eating (the house site is in the middle of nowhere). I'm learning a LOT about construction and I'm seeing the progress right before my eyes.
The downside to this effort: I have to work hard to get my intentional fitness minutes because I'm so tired when I get home.
The solution was a challenge proposed by a friend to get strength training daily. It's kept me focused and as tired as I am when I get home I make sure to do my squats, curls, push-ups etc. It really helps me stay on the journey.
Strength Training is often overlooked in favor or running, jogging, swimming, walking etc. I think we feel like we are "doing more" when sweating on the elliptical or watching the miles go by as we run. Those exercises are great but they work the same muscles leaving many other muscled unchallenged. THAT'S why we need to do strength training.
I'm seriously hoping this current challenge develops into a habit for me that sees me doing strength training multiple times a week!