Making Hay

The family that hays together stays together!

The family that hays together stays together!

This weekend we made hay and had put it up in the loft.Farming requires a combination of strength and endurance to get the job done.

This weekend we were haying. First, we cleaned out 1/2 the loft pushing out loose hay and straw that had piled up over the years. The kids helped where it was safe to do so and then were relegated to very important jobs likes holding sunglasses and taking pictures. Yes, the bulk of the photos in this post were taken by my 5 yr old on an iPhone. I kept my good camera dust free and helped the kids feel included in our job.  Look at that mound of hay we pushed out of barn.

Mount Haymore.

Mount Haymore.


Moving square bales uses a pile of muscle groups and is a great all over workout. Here’s the lowdown.

Dead lifts- lift bales up to carry. Bales varied in weight from 45-70 lbs, so it’s a varied workout for sure.

Walking with an extra 40-80 lb. Bonus if you can farmer walk with a bale in each hand.

Clean and jerk to place bales

Press – Pushing bales into place on the stack

Quick dash back to the order end of the barn.

Repeat, repeat, repeat until you’re done.


Father’s Day Fun & Fitness.

Meier Football

The family action playing football on Father’s Day.

I’m loving the pics coming through my news feed from my BC Dairy Farming Family. The fam jam took an afternoon off for a Father’s Day BBQ and a good old game of touch football. There are some very great benefits of having a large extended family. I come from a large family – 5 brothers & a sister. I have 24 nieces and nephews from my side of the family alone!!! I grew up with epic games of dodge ball, volley ball and some great mass bike rides. All seven of us played rugby throughout high school. Yes, my mother must  of had nerves of steel and a frequent fly card at the ER. Since we are Swiss Immigrants in BC there was a whole lot of time spent hiking (free fun for a family of 9, yes please!) and skiing in the winter.

Lately the family took it upon themselves to incorporate sports in our family get together. Easter was a great game of base ball, football yesterday, pool parties at my brother’s place over the summer. My family has it’s challenges with a huge love of food and keeping fitness balanced. I love to see how we are evolving to a more fit family. The adults are committing to fitness by running, taking fitness classes, and being involved in sport with their kids (hello Rubgy!!). We recognize that some times hard farm work just isn’t enough or balanced to keep us as healthy as we’d like.

In my corner of the world in SK, we are making great use of a big back yard for soccer games, indoor floor hockey games in the shop over the winter and a hole lot of good times playing chase. I look forward to all the different ways  we can incorporate a healthy outdoor fun into our family time as my kids grow up!!!

Keeping active practicing soccer drills

Keeping active practicing soccer drills

What do you do on your farm or with your family to incorporate fitness and fun in your lives??


Move it Monday- It doesn’t have to be fancy!

It’s stormy out today. A late spring snow squall. So I made myself up a resistance band workout to do over lunch in my office. Nothing fancy, but it got my heart pumping and my shoulders feeling the burn a wee bit.  Just a mat, a resistance band and some tunes. Oh and thank goodness for blinds!!


Office workout set up.

Here’s the run down of I did. It took about 30 minutes:

3 minute warm up – Danced it out

Bicep Curls with band 3 x 15 alternated with  Reverse Chest Flies with band 3 x 15 (i.e a Superset)

2 min fast feet with up downs every 30 seconds or so

Calf Raises 3 x 15  super setted with Sumo Squats 3 x 15

50 Jumping Jacks

Overhead Shoulder Press with band  Overhead Tricep Extensions with band 3 x 15

2 min High Knees

Step Up Lunges 30 x 3 Bent over Rows with Band 3 x 15

Plank to failure 3 time supper setted with Crunches 3 x 25

Stretch and you’re done 🙂