Fitness on the Homestead

I 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.

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.


Published on Feb 11, 2016

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