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.


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 🙂