“One of the most important resources that a garden makes available for use is the gardener’s own body. A garden gives the body the dignity of working in its own support. It is a way of rejoining the human race.” — ―Wendell Berry
It’s a known fact that it’s routine to stretch before exercising but what about “warming up” before homesteading days begins? Farming and homesteading is just as good as good an exercise, if not better, so why not get your body ready for bending, reaching, twisting and lifting heavy loads?
Hoeing, digging and raking can causes aches in your shoulders. Weeding in the wrong position (bending over) for long periods can stress the lower back . Weeding should be done on your hands and knees . But even being on your hands and knees for long periods of times can cause problems. Some form of stretching during those types of activities will also help your muscles not to tighten up.
If you are new to the homestead way of life, don’t try to push yourself but ease into taking on the physical labor. It’s no fun dealing with pains caused by not giving your body a chance to warm up. In the morning before your chores, take time to stretch gently. Ten minutes are all you need and your body will thank you for it.
A few minutes of stretching before starting to work and during work can save you days of soreness/stiffness and leave you a much happier homesteader!
Do you do some form of stretching/yoga to keep yourself in ship shape?
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