There are benefits to being healthy, fit and strong. A bit of a no brainer really. Here on the farm this is especially true.
We are nearly at the end of the first week of calving. Pauly is flat out busy! (‘Flat out’ comes from an Australian slang saying ‘flat out like a lizard drinking’, translation especially for Sue. It means really busy!). I’ve been helping with a few jobs today.
One of the jobs involved taking the short trek into Deloraine to fill up the diesel and petrol containers. With lots of farm workers hooning around on quad bikes and tractors and nearly 700 acres to manage, the farm uses a fair amount of fuel each week. When I got home I carried the containers up to the silo where they are kept. They are pretty heavy (about 22kgs)! AND it’s up a small bank AND our dear old jeep’s back door doesn’t stay up on its own (it’s been on the fix list forever). With one hand it’s hold up the door, with the other it’s pick up the drum, then carry them up the bank to be put away. This involves a reasonable amount of core strength.
Then it was time to fill up the wood box. With a half marathon tomorrow I really don’t want to do this job after the run. All the farm vehicles were in use so the wheel barrow was the only option. It’s 300m from the house to the hay barn. Another good upper body and core strength workout – a bit of leg work is involved too.
It’s great to be fit and strong and to be able to do these jobs without thinking. Using the principles from G2G Fit, every daily task can become a workout aimed at keeping muscles trim, toned and working at their optimum.
Yes, running is fun. But it gives so much more than just being able to run. With added cross training we can become fit AND strong. AND you don’t have to be on a farm to reap the benefits of living a fit strong life. Today just brought it home to me how much I love being fit and strong and how good it feels to be independent with the heavy tasks.
Ross Half Marathon is tomorrow and I’m still coughing just a little bit. Race goals? To have an awful lot of fun. To wave at as many people as I can. To encourage as many runners as I can. AND to have a lot of fun and get another finishers medal. Sweet!
Happy running 🙂