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Fitness on the Homestead

Faithful HomesteaderI am always looking to be fit and to stay fit on the homestead. My life with chronic pain and stomach issues makes it challenging to maintain a good fitness routine. However, I never want to give up and every day that I get a workout in, I consider that a victory.

About nine months ago, I started taking Tai Chi because I read that it could be helpful for bursitis and other chronic conditions. It felt good to get into a regular routine and after a couple of months, I learned enough to practice on my own. I noticed that I did actually have some toning in my body and that is always a good thing.

Our new Bowflex machine.

One thing that I really struggle with is having really toned arms so I wanted to try some other things to help with that. I started on a home routine of triceps and bicep exercises. I have noticed an improvement in my arms, but I am still not quite where I want to be. Besides getting rid of my batwings, I really want to get stronger. I have a goal of being able to do a pull up for the first time.

My husband has decided to help me and he has me set up with a new routine using our new Bowflex. We bought a barely used one for $50 on Craigslist. I recently wrote about our Craigslist gym here. I know I am getting a good workout because I have been quite sore. I am working out some different muscles for sure.

I am keeping up with it all the best I can. I am still doing daily Tai Chi along with my husband’s workout plan. I know that the benefits of exercising are well worth it. It helps with chronic pain and it is a good mental boost as well. I know every time that I get a workout in, I feel so good. It helps to share about my fitness goals and accomplishments because it keeps me motivated and accountable.