Farm Fit for Life

| 3/9/2015 9:49:00 AM

Tags: Homesteading, Farming, Serenity Acres Farm, Julia Shewchuk, Florida,

Recently I had the opportunity to take a full body scan test as part of a wellness program. This body scan provided several results on features such as weight, BMI, Body Fat Percentage, Skeletal Muscle Percentage, Resting Metabolism, Visceral Fat Level and Body Age. I’m not going to bore you with the details but I will divulge one number: my body age is 39. That is great news, especially considering I am 55. In addition to this body scan, I had a comprehensive health and blood exam done by my primary doctor and she started positively gushing about these large green fluffy things showing up in my blood profile that seem to be an indicator of protective mechanisms and lack of inflammation in my body. At least the way I understood it. So, I must be doing something right. What this might be deserves closer examination.

Fit for Life - Is It the Gym?

While I am very fit, it is not the gym. I haven’t seen the inside of a gym in eight years. I have been very active my entire life, but have not had the opportunity to step inside a gym or yoga study since I started living on a farm.

Fit for Life – What Are the Factors?

According to many studies and research, very humorously chronicled in “Spring Chicken: Stay Forever Young” by Bill Gifford, being and staying active physically and mentally is the number one factor in a person’s life that not only keeps a person healthy but also has the ability to delay the signs of aging. Not Human Growth Hormone (actually now shown to speed up aging), not Botox, not face lifts or rubbing placenta on your face. No kidding, no pun intended, but one of my prior wwoofers told me of another farm she worked on, where the owner routinely used placenta on her skin to keep it looking young. I can’t make this stuff up, I swear.

Fit For Life – It Is the Farm

In September of last year, my husband gave me one of those fit bracelets that keeps track of your daily activity and sleep patterns. So here is my daily average activity, rain or shine, six days a week:

Average daily steps around 14,000 for morning and evening farm chores such as feeding, milking, cleaning pens. This average increases to about 18,000 in case of rotating cows, or looking for escaped dogs. This apparently puts me in the top 5 percent using those fitness bracelets.

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