I didn’t used to think about that when I first started gardening. It was all about the plants, then. But now that I am older, the fact that gardening demands something physically is sometimes all too apparent.
There are times, I confess, when I don’t garden as much as I’d like because I am all out of shape… and I know too well how I will feel the next day after the well-exercised muscles realize how they worked out the previous day. My muscles are delayed like the rest of me… I think sometimes procrastination was part of my DNA. Anyway, I hope to have outsmarted the aging process. I asked for, and got ( a little too quickly, a little too enthusiastically) a membership to Curves® A place to easily get exercise through our long dreary winters here in Ohio.
It was talked up to me, and being the susceptible soul that I am, I thought..”why not?” I didn’t see the price tag on it, but I asked for it because after a year of telling myself that I will exercise again I will I will I will,but I didn’t I didn’t I didn’t I finally figured out I was going to need some motivation help. And if spending money on a membership won’t do it- nothing will. I’m pretty frugal, although this year procrastination won out against even that motivator at times ( remember my now-dead houseplants that didn’t happen to get in before frost? yep)
But I figure if I get those muscles ready for next years gardening challenge, I will blithely garden away and beat those weeds and disarrayed parts of the garden. I have reason based on past history to hope for it. And if I garden as exercise next spring…. I will have more than just the musculature benefits. Gardening is good for the soul. It teaches us wonderful lessons if we are only willing to listen.
I can’t wait for Spring now… but first, I need to go to the Curves place and go through the circle of machines faithfully. Then maybe I’ll use those new yoga videos I watched but did not practice. OOPs! told you too much 😉