Gardening is the best exercise.
Saturday, July 06, 2013
I hate being outdoors, unless I'm taking a walk in the park or gardening.
It's amazing how long I'll stay outdoors when I'm playing in the dirt. I even get down on my hands and knees and look like a mud woman when I'm done. The weeds may try to keep making their way in, but I actually enjoy the fight. I enjoy seeing my plants grow. I enjoy finding the fruits of my labor hiding under their leaves. It's one of those exercises that give back in the end.
Not only am I moving for hours on end when I see my gardens, I'm helping to cultivate the food that will go in my body also. It will never have pesticides on them and will be more varied than the foods I get from the grocery store.
Who knew that carrots are not always orange? Broccoli comes in different breeds? Cauliflower is not always white? Corn is not always yellow? Purple Beans?
Yep, I have all those things in the not so usual colors and varieties. I figured that if I'm going to grow something, it better be unusual or too expensive to buy in the store. My favorite tomatoes are not red, but either yellow or orange.
When you garden, you are doing multiple exercises. You are squatting, lifting, moving your arms in ways you wouldn't normally, and doing general walking. It's the complete exercise package! I'm still not sure how I bruised my armpit hoeing, but it proves that I'm using muscles that aren't used to it.
This week I'm seeing some corn starting on the stalks and I spied a zucchini hiding under one leaf. I have finished the pea harvest from my pots, but am hoping my other peas will start to produce soon, before they start to die off too. I have already eaten some purple beans (they taste like the green variety, I figure they must have more vitamins with the darker color though) and harvested a few potatoes. Strawberries will be ready to pick soon!
I'll be getting more of a workout when I harvest, there's more squatting and reaching!
Who knew this hates to be outdoor person would love to be outdoors so often!
Today's Holidays: International Kissing Day, Take Your Webmaster to Lunch Day and National Fried Chicken Day.