Outdoor spring workout

Friends and family chuckle warmly of me, they say I for sure live pretty rural on my little farm, it’s just made for boredom.. but no! there is just too much stuff occurring and happening in me and my son’s life, almost continuously, I feel like a rugby player always on the field. I would actually love to be bored for just a day or two..but no.

So the very last incident I really could be without, and I am still a bit shaky from it. My dear son had an indefinite and acute incident and ended up in the hospital for a week, I actually thought he died while I held him in my arms… (sure sounds like a cliché, but a true cliché then) ..it takes time to recover from an overwhelming experience like that, both for my son and me… thank god I have my family in Norway for support, my furry animals, and even some of the health personnel here that are so wonderful in what they do – wich also included handling a dazzled mom – ha..ha, so god bless them!  More about this when I’m ready to sit down an take it all from the beginning...

I say it again and again…a very helpful and effective way to cope with whatever worry’s your/my mind is of course to get out in nature or to workout outdoor. Don’t immure! So for today’s adventure I and my lovely puppy Jenta went for a sunny run in icy, muddy and slushy forest roads.. yippii..the spring melting is on .. but slooowly as you also can see below…workout outdoor gym mindfullness weight lift running barn squats deadlift

After the run we went to my little barn where I have stashed some very simple workout equipment, and did some basic squats and deadlifts.. it’s been a while since last time I weight trained (just didn’t feel for it in minus 30 degrees), so it is such a nice spring act to start-up again lightly and gradually after a run ..sticking to the basics of course. .. I simply don’t want a skinny ass flapping in the summer breeze!

Oh, and you guys, I still have a lot to recommend and write about for those who are planning to visit Norway this summer... the posts will be on their way – just a lil’ bit overdue as I had to reload first…  ❤

Take care , see you soon back here 😀

Snow heaven and hell

We probable all agree to that a snowy frozen landscape are sooo beautiful and also gives us the chance to enjoy sports like cross-country skiing,

and ice skating. Personally I think that, just as being smart and eat seasonal food, we should also welcome the chance to vary our workout by the seasons.

Yes, I still run and use my bicycle all year around, but giving it a break to embrace the chance to enjoy other sports helps me to not fall into a somehow monotonic and boring workout regimes that could also wear and tear body and soul.

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As you can see in my blog that I am very grateful for being able to go out skiing these days, every day if possible, but, yes there is a lil’ BUT too…. sometimes winter can be a little hell too ..ha..ha.. especially if you have to do everything yourself, get up early to carry firewood from the barn and fire up the old firewood pan when it is freezing, keep the air pump de-frosted when it gets covered with a thick layer of ice  …and finally do a one-hour sweaty snow shoveling morning workout.. and repeat it all again in the evening… if the snow gets wet and heavy HELL is on for real..  so I still don’t need to renew my gym card ..ho..ho!

If it was just this simple path to my door I had to shovel, no problem at all, but to get to the barn for firewood and to get the car around the trees and out to the main road  – well, that’s when the real workout starts…. but it looks cosy doesn’t it?   winter night wonderland scandinavia path snow shoveling lights farm house norrland

Most of the established people around have machines or more modern solutions for everything that need any kind of body work …. but as long as I am healthy and strong enough to do things manually when it is possible, I will… – hell, we are not chickens are we? …and by the way ..on the news they just said the snow blower machines are sold out – so I guess I don’t have much choise 😀

Resting between carrying firewood and snow shoveling today – my dog are hiding behind a snowdriftwinter wonderland sweden ornskoldsvik snowing shovel hardwork cardio outdoor life

Now folks, if you will excuse me, it is time for me to go out to do some evening snow shoveling workout as the snow have been falling all day long… see you all soon, take care 🙂

Rowing Workout Outdoor

So how to “keep in shape” while there’s no access to a gym out here in the end of a fjord arm? I think I’m pretty happy about no gym here … these days I actually find them pretty boring!) Instead it’s hiking, uphill running, climbing and bicycling that are most interesting ..and available  … and now also varied with some rowing for the upper body too.

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Since last year I wanted to “see this fjord from the fjord” – not just from land, and a couple of days ago I invited my housemate to come along for a rowing trip… the weather was absolutely perfect, the sea was smooth as a mirror and of course, as you can see, awesome views to waterfalls and surrounding mountainsides. I just can’t think of a better outdoor training session for the upper body – we did not touch the outboard motor at all out there during our 3 hours row trip.

Views like this function like a “carrot” to lure us out for awesome and healthy rowing trips. tafjorden rowing norwegian fjords workout landscape

 

But sure… rowing workout in a row-boat dont’ activate as many muscles as a rowing machine where using your legs more can activate more than 80 % of your body muscles – but then again, would you gladly row for several hours indoor with a big smile like I did outdoor in a row-boat?

It is possible that the rowing trip gave us even more energy for the rest of the summer evening  – my happy-go-lucky roommate looks pretty pepped up alright  🙂 Tafjord andersen summer evening visit rural norway photo liss myraas