Keeping Fit for DIY
It's that time of the year. DIY Season. Time to repair, paint, clean, shine, cement and dig. For the past month or more just about every spare minute has been dedicated to sawing, drilling, hammering, scrubbing, sanding, painting, and lifting. And I have a huge list of projects waiting for me.
I have kept faithful to running, following the training schedule to prepare for my first half-marathon in August. But I've whined and complained about not having time for formal workouts. I fear losing the progress I've made.
Then last night, while I was hammering away, I remembered a scene from a favorite movie.
Wax on, wax off.
Sand the floor.
Paint the fence.
And it dawned on me... this is why I work out. Up and down two flights of stairs from the project to the chop saw, over and over. Picking up and putting down wood, screws and tools, over and over. Hauling lumber, rocks, and bags of cement. On my knees, on my feet, on my tip toes.
Not a single sore muscle.
The squats, bench presses, triceps extensions, preacher curls, glute bridges, hamstring presses, dead lifts and all the rest... yes, indeed, I am reaping the benefits of that hard work. At the same time, I try to maintain good form when I'm working, so every hammer swing works my arms; every time I pick up something from the floor I hip hinge and use good squat form. I try to do things with my non-dominant side so I work my arms evenly. I take stretch breaks.
Working out and keeping fit doesn't have to be about competitions and looking buff (OK, I'll admit, I still hope to look buff someday!). Keeping fit is as much about being able to do everyday activities as well as seasonal activities and projects where we need to recruit extra power and stamina.
I like to build things. I like to knock out walls, build fun little cubbies, and find creative ways to reshape space. I love using my power tools.
There will be time enough, soon enough, for me to get back into my formal workouts. For now, I'm enjoying being able to complete all these DIY projects; anything that can't get up and run away from me had better look out!