Exercise and Nutrition
Wood gathering, splitting, and stacking is wonderful exercise. Enjoy the tasks knowing that you are making your body healthy by doing them. As the days get cooler, it is a wonderful time to take morning or afternoon walks. Bringing in the harvest means bending and stooping, walking and carrying. Putting up hay for the winter is weight lifting at it’s finest! How else can you help your body stay healthy in the cool of fall?
Chopping Wood- A Great Exercise
When you split wood, your body uses multiple muscles to perform the swing as well as stabilize your position,” says Hays. “Chopping wood engages virtually the entire core, including lower and upper back, shoulders, arms, abs, chest, legs and butt (glutes).
Not only are you getting great exercise, you’re also burning calories, as much as 350-500 per hour!!
Vitamin D is needed for calcium absorption, making it essential for growth, good teeth, and strong bones. When sun shines on your skin, your body makes vitamin D from cholesterol. The suns rays turn the cholesterol in your skins cells into vitamin D!
It is good to get some sunlight each day, but it is just as important to eat foods containing vitamin D.
Some of these foods include: eggs, liver, organ meats, seafood, butterfat, and mushrooms.
The daily amounts of Vitamin D required are
- Infants At least 1000 IU’s per day
- Children At least 2000 IU’s per day
- Adults At least 3800 IU’s per day
IU stands for International Unit which is how vitamins are measured.
- Discuss foods you already eat that have Vitamin D in them.
- Are the amounts you are eating enough?
- If not, how can you bring your levels up to the recommended amounts?
Weekly Bible Verse
Proverbs 26:20 Where no wood is, there the fire goeth out: so where there is no talebearer, the strife ceaseth.
We need to be careful with our words. Especially within our family and circle of friends, talebearing can cause a lot of strife. Make it a goal to not gossip about people and to use words that build up rather than tear down.