Hiking Is The Best Outdoor Exercise For Hardcore Homesteaders

CAPTION : Members of health walk around Nauru airport. If you have been following my blog as of late, then you will probably realize that I am pretty big on homesteading. I have always wanted to be self sufficient and grow my own food. Now that I have this all set up, I feel much more like a complete person. It takes a fair bit of energy to grow your own food, but it’s not like it requires you to work in the garden for hours every single day. For that reason, it was important that I would find something to do in order to get some good exercise. And since I do not want to join a gym, I decided that I was going to go hiking. So I recently went to the Catskill area, since this is the nearest by hiking trail. I can’t believe that I had never been there before, despite living quite close to it.

Overcoming Plantar Fasciitis With Good Walking Shoes

Unfortunateley, we have a nasty condition running in the family which is known as plantar fasciitis. This is a heriditary disease, where you get lots of pain in your heels after you have sat down or layed down for many hours. With plantar fasciitis, you get tremendous pain your heels righter after you get out of bed. Every single day, you are looking up to getting the sensation of standing in a bucket full of jellyfish, when your poor feet first set foot on the ground. It is a truly horrible affliction, and I would not wish it upon my worst enemy (and I have a few of those, believe me!). Once the initial pain of standing up goes away, the pain just sort of keeps nagging for the rest of the day. This condition will never truly leave you alone, until you take the time to treat it.

You have always got to make sure that you get flexible shoes with a supportive heel cup, when you have plantar fasciitis. It is caused by enduring too much of a strain on your soles for too long and for far too intense. You stand the risk of developing this condition when you are overweight, because this puts so much more pressure on your feet than you would if you were just slim. But the fact of the matter is that you can easily self treat plantar fasciitis, in order to prevent having to undergo surgery for it. Surgery can sometimes make it worse. And there is no good reason to let it come to that. There are plenty of exercises you can do in order to treat or even cure your plantar fasciitis. It helps to lose weight, do some exercises with your feet, and to give them plenty of rest.

Overweight Couple Taking The Obesity Bull By The Horns

walkDespite being self sufficient and growing my own food, I must confess that I’ve taken more than a couple of trips to the convenience store and I may have gotten more than few chocolate bars. My husband is guilty of the occasional junk food binge as well. The result is that we are both quite fat. For a couple that is homesteading, this is actually not acceptable to us. We are going to lose weight together before the year is over. But we can’t do that unless we get our chubby hands on a pair of decent walking shoes for overweight walkers first. My husband is going to need good walking shoes for big guys, while I am going to need good running sneakers for heavyset women. Since pretty much every physical activity requires that you stand up straight, it all has to start with wearing good footwear. If you do not have good walking shoes for overweight people, then you are never going to get your gear into action to actually lose that weight.

Losing weight is not just healthy for your heart and your self esteem. It is also healthy for your feet. Do you think that your knees, ankles and the soles of your feet aren’t suffering because of all that extra weight you are carrying with you when you are obese? Well, they are. I can definitely feel it in my knees. They pop and crack a lot. I don’t like this, so I’ve started taking my footwear a tad bit more seriously as of late. It can also help to get really great insoles. The stock insoles that come with shoes and boots these days is never going to be able to hold a candle to a pair of high quality orthotic inserts. Inserts only cost around $15 or so. Unless, ofcourse, you are going to have them custom made. In that case, they will cost more. If your personal situation is particularly grave, then you may need custom made insoles. I myself and my husband are able to get by with orthotic inserts.

The Importance Of Supportive Walking Shoes For Overweight Men, Women

Is it very important to find the best walking shoes for overweight walkers, joggers and runners. Because if you don’t take your footwear seriously, then it’s only going to get worse. Your knees will wear and tear about twice as quickly when you are fat than they do when you are slim. That means you are going to have more trouble walking as you get older. This only makes it harder to get physical exercise, which makes it harder to lose weight. For this reason, it is essential that you tackle your obesity problem as early as you can.

But if you are already of middle age and you are fat and you haven’t really done anything about your health in the past few decades… don’t fret, because it is never too late to get started. It could be that you are already starting to feel your knees going south. But you know, the human body is able to repair itself quite well. I have been taking supplements that support cartilage repair and after 6 months of using these, I can definitely say that they are working. Cartilage grows painfully slowly, though. You will simply have to be realistic about this, though. It took ages for your knee cartilage to wear and tear. It will take ages to build it back up. So don’t sit there moping. Instead, get out there, buy supportive walking shoes for overweight people, get into action, and supplement yourself with cartilage repair pills.

You’ll be amazed at the human body’s capability of repairing itself.

Some of My Favorite Things :)

Merry Christmas!

I wanted to put together a list of some of my favorite things.  I hope this helps to spread some joy in this time of year.  I know many people are facing so many trying times (all the events in NYC and Ferguson, for example) that sometimes we need a break.  Hopefully this list can provide that break:

Godiva Chocolate: Ok, a cheesy start, but it was top of mind.  To think that we can enjoy the decadence of cocoa that was farmed half way across the world and put together by people with years of experience that have learned methods taught over hundreds of years, for the price of 10 bucks, is an amazing tribute to the society we live in.  Sometime you have to stop and smell the roses, smell the chocolate, and enjoy it!

Espresso: Cheesy follows cheesy, but espresso is most definitely one of my favorite things.  I can’t tell you how much I enjoy the rich flavor, and it shares so much with chocolate.  To enjoy an espresso for 2 dollars is to enjoy the work of 100+ years of innovation in coffee making.  Truly a wonderful experience.  Check out information on the interesting history of espresso here: http://www.home-barista.com/espresso-guide-short-history.html

Playing Music: Not everyone can play music, but everyone can enjoy it.  It’s a wonder of the world to be able to have access to so much art, essentially for free.  I for one support the artists that I listen too, and try to support underground artists as well.  I also enjoy playing and learning to play music.  Nowadays we have online lessons that allow anyone to start learning right away.

Hot Baths: Following our trend of studying history, the hot bath is a relatively new phenomenon.  To be able to run a hot bath at any time is an underutilized advantage of modern society, indoor plumbing, and the relative wealth that even lower class peoples live in.  Respect your history, take a bath :)

That’s all for now.  Till next time!

Happy Homesteading Giveaway!

I want to say thank you to everyone for supporting me in my writing, photography, gratitude, and journey into an agriculture-filled life.

As a blog evolves, there is a subtle fear that you will lose faithful readers. Yet, as I’ve grown and changed as a person over the past two years (and it reflected in my blog), so many of you stayed and encouraged me as I struggled to find “my place”. Amazingly, even more of you joined along the way and became instant blog companions.

You. all. amaze. me.


As a thank you for all the encouragement and support, I’m offering a Happy Homesteading Giveaway!

One winner will receive these items:
(1) Country Living’s “The Mom’s Guide to Running a Business”
(2) Grow your own sunflower kit
(3) Spring gardening gloves
(4) 3 mini potting plants
(5) Gardener journal
(6) Insulated mason jar tumbler
(7) 5 ‘No Farms, No Food’ bumper stickers

Contest Rules:
Enter for as many (or few) chances as you would like starting Saturday March 8, 2014. A winner will be chosen at random at the close of the giveaway, Saturday March 15, 2014 at 11:59PM EST. All entries will be checked for confirmation. The winner will be contacted by email and must respond within 48 hours confirming acceptance of the giveaway prizes. If no answer is received within 48 hours, a random runner-up will be chosen. Once the winner has responded to the email, it will be announced on The Siren’s Tale. The giveaway prizes will be shipped within 2 business days. No entry required. Basket pictured not included.


Good luck to you all, and happy homesteading!

Enter the giveaway