Getting in Shape While Off-Grid

When you live an off-grid lifestyle, there should be a lot of things you’re doing in a healthier manner.  Being off-grid usually means a lot of physical labor.  Whether you’re working with animals, doing gardening for food, or building yet another wind turbine, you’re probably fairly active.

However, sometimes this isn’t enough, or you want to step up your game, and maybe get into better shape than you are now.  That’s what I wanted for myself, and I looked at a lot of ways to get healthier and work out in a way that was interesting, fun, and didn’t cost me a lot.  I also wanted something where I knew I would see results, but that wasn’t something that would burn me out on my first day.

I found DDP Yoga.  Now, before I say anything else about this, I’m not being paid to write a review, nor am I receiving any kind of compensation for this article.  I have just seen a number of videos on Youtube, which I’ll show you below, and then I started using the workouts myself.  Diamond Dallas Page created a program that you can start out simply with, that you can work at your own pace, and step up as you’re able.  It pushes your body without straining you to the point of collapse, and is a no-impact workout that you can do even if you have joint problems.

Here’s a video to show you one of their success stories:

 

This is another of the amazing transformations from this program:

 

And another:

 

Alright, so now that you’ve watched those really amazing, heart-rending videos, you’re going to go and buy the DVDs so that you can get started, right?  Or, you’re going to ask “Hey, wait a minute, those DVDs cost money!  Why is he suggesting we buy them when this is supposed to be a low-budget blog?”  That’s a really good question.

Yes, you could ignore these, and try to find videos on Youtube that teach you how to work out.  And they’re going to be disjointed, nothing is going to be one specific workout program, and eventually, you’ll lose hope because all the disjointed information will contradict all the other information, and you’ll probably give up.  These DVDs, while they cost a little bit, are a lot cheaper than other workout programs.  Those other programs are harder, much more expensive, and in my own experience, not as motivating.  DDP Yoga actually works to keep you going, because they also build a community on their website so you can talk to other people in the program as well.  The other thing is that if you get the DVDs, the only other things you really need for equipment are a decent yoga mat, and possibly a heart rate monitor.  The DVDs are a much lower cost than other programs out there, and I think you get a great deal for your money.

So, here is a link to the DDP Yoga webpage where you can order the DVDs.  It’s not an affiliate link, and I’m not making a penny if you buy from this website.

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If you do buy the DVDs, and you’d like to get a decent yoga mat and heart rate monitor, here are links to some decently priced products on Amazon for you to buy that are a lot cheaper than other places. I do earn a small affiliate commission if you follow my links to buy them.

 

So, if you give these a shot, or have tried in the past, let me know.

Build your own Hot Tub for Almost Nothing

When you go off-grid, you have to remember that life is about enjoying the moment, and not just about survival.    Your plot of land is hopefully going to be out in a location where you can lay back, look up at the stars, and actually see those stars in their glory, instead of having them all washed out by city lights.

What better way to enjoy that evening than in your own hot tub?  Now, you could go and spend thousands of dollars on buying a premade hot tub, and run the power to keep it running and the water hot, but that’s just not the Low-Budget way.

The video below shows what can be done with cob building.  This simple mixture of clay, sand and straw is used to build houses, ovens, and in this case, a hot tub, and is incredibly simple.  It can be time-consuming, but fun.

There are a lot of ways you could create a hot tub like this.  You could get an old bathtub and build cob around it, or you can do as the creator of this video did, and create the entire thing out of cob, and seal it with linseed oil.  You can shape the hot tub however you want, and make it as large as you want.  Your creativity is all that’s required.

In the case of the video, he uses a pump to circulate the water through the oven in order to heat the water.  My suggestion, if you want to go even lower cost, is to run a copper pipe from the bottom of the tub, coiled through the oven area, and out just below the water line at the top of the tub.  Convection will circulate the water naturally without needing electricity.

If you’re not familiar with cob, I recommend the Cob Builder’s Handbook, by Becky Bee.  In it, she details how to build with cob in detail, from the theory behind the technique, to the completion and sealing of cob to ensure it lasts for decades or centuries.  Below is a link to the book on Amazon if you want to learn more.