The other night I stopped at the grocery store to buy a gallon of milk and then I spotted one of those little freezers with the individual frozen treats. Since I was having a crappy sort of day, I cracked into that thing and picked out my favorite frozen treat, a nestle drumstick.
When I was checking out, the cashier said to me "These things ought to be illegal! They are so good."
It's true, they are tasty. That's why I can't keep them in the house; they would be gone inside a day.
But no fear! Most dairy people have this infatuation with dairy products, that is why I have come up with an exercise routine just for them(us).
|She just wants to do some mountain climbing|
That is why my routine has been expertly integrated with my daily chores! So let us begin:
Like all good exercise, you should start with a warm up.
-Put some muscle into pushing open the barn door for the cows and you can stretch your shoulders, side muscles, and maybe your back if there's snow.
-A brisk walk out to the end of the pasture and back to bring the cows in should just about cover the warm up and get your heart moving a bit faster.
-Side stepping along while tying up the cows will warm up the hips, just so long as you are coordinated and don't trip over your own feet (as I so often do).
Next as you are setting up the milk house begins the weight training portion of the session/ chore time.
-The milking machines are pretty heavy, probably around thirty pounds, more if there is water in them that didn't get properly flushed out, so by picking up two at a time, one per hand, and doing a few curls with them as you carry them out to the barn you can tone the biceps and triceps before milking has even begun!
-Instead of leaning in to hang the milkers up on the cable, lift them up with your arms and stretch out. Feel the burn! Do this each time and by the end of milking you may be sore, and will probably save time by not having to take a step back to get into milking position for each cow.
-for even more shoulder toning, carry around the milking bucket while it is full of milk from one end of the barn to the other, or empty the milk into a five gallon pail and carry that around. Be sure to lift with the legs!
When everything is all ready to go it's time to start milking and strengthen your hands by:
-wiping each teat repeatedly (being slightly obsessive compulsive I count each teat; Wipe-two-three, wipe-two-three, wipe-two-three, wipe-two-three)
-stripping a few squirts of milk from each teat(strip-strip-strip, strip-strip-strip,strip-strip-strip, strip-strip-strip)
Repeat on each cow until there is one for each milking unit. Counting isn't necessary to keep track of how many you've done, since you won't be done until all the cows are done.
And now for the aerobic portion of chore time:
-Briskly step across the gutter stretch out those arms and hook up the machine.
- Squat down into position and hold for a count of four
-Extend those arms and attach that milker! (milk, two, three, four) Milk that cow!
- Pop back to your feet
- Step across the gutter (pick those knees up!)
And here is where your chance to get that heart pumping comes into play as you scurry to the next cow. *
-Repeat as needed until every cow has been milked.
*for best results milk alone for that extra incentive to get to each cow sooner.