Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Working Out

Lest my readers get the impression from this blog that spring on our place is all cavorting calves and singing birds, I feel obliged to whine about my aching back, knees, and hands. An early spring also means an early start to spring fencing projects. Although I walk and work out with light weights all year round, I definitely haven’t pushed myself hard enough!

Nothing tests one’s fitness quite like digging 18 inch-deep holes in partially frozen ground, hacking tree roots out of the holes, or manhandling a heavy tamping bar, especially if one if of the female gender. Whilst ingloriously stabbing, shoveling, and sweating this morning, I wondered how many others of my age and kind were, at that very moment, “working out” as in “working outdoors”. Or were they paying for trainers, gyms, and exercise classes to stay in shape?

If you’re one of the latter, allow me to suggest an alternative exercise regimen: ranching. Not only will you breathe fresh air as you elevate your heart rate and perform weight-bearing calisthenics, you’ll be rewarded with clean barns, sturdy fences, beautiful trees and fields, and happy livestock. “Sounds wonderful,” you say, “but I don’t have a ranch.” Ah, but I do, and I’d be more than happy to let you work out on mine—for free!

   Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.MATTHEW 11:28

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