Squeezing in Exercise During Harvest


It is that time of year again in the Midwest on our family farm…….the time of year when we work from sun up to sun down to bring in this years’ crops.  It is one of the most challenging times Aaron and I face when it comes to eating healthy and keeping up with our daily workouts.

Teagen likes to ride in the combine during harvest and keep Daddy Company!

Many days are 12 to 15 hours long with little time for exercise.  We begin our days by getting up early to feed and water our livestock.  The rest of the day is spent in the field combining the crops until late at night.  Harvesting involves a lot of sitting in combines, tractors and semis.  It is also more challenging to get our workouts in because we spend so much time in the field working.

Beachbody has several options we can choose from when squeezing a workout in.  The “10 Minute Trainer” by Tony Horton is our “go to workout” when we are really crunched for time.  These workouts are excellent for getting your heart rate up and making the most out of your ten minutes of exercise.  Tony’s moves work more than one body part at a time so they are efficient.  If we have a little more time we will combine two ten minute workouts for a total of 20 minutes.  On days we have half an hour our “go to” program is “Focus T25.”  We really enjoy this program.  It gets your heart rate up and you get an intense 25 minute workout.  Shaun T’s workouts go by so fast.  These programs are also great because you can modify them so almost anyone can do them.

Remember, if you do not have an hour a day to exercise it is ok, SOMETHING IS BETTER THAN NOTHING!

Wherever you are in your weight loss and fitness journey do not be discouraged or give up if you have a bad day, week, or month.  Every day is a new day and another opportunity for you to make a positive lifestyle change.  Once you get in the habit of exercising you will feel better inside and out.  It is so worth it!