A Health Revolution
Health and fitness are subjects very near and dear to my heart.
In fact, health is the absolute number one reason that we homestead.
Fresh air, connection to the earth, fresh fruits and vegetables grown in nutrient dense soil, free range eggs and chicken, pastured pork and beef, real, amazing honey, and lots of sunshine are just a few of the possible health benefits of homesteading.
You can even get in very good shape from all the physical labor side of homesteading!
Having lauded all the amazing benefits of homesteading, I do have to say- not everyone wants to be a homesteader.
I get it.
Some people love to travel constantly, (or have to travel for work) some people live in tiny apartments in the inner city and can only have a few potted plants on their terrace.
So what are the city dwellers, travelers, and general non-homesteading/farming population to do about getting healthy exercise? (That is, after all, what this post is supposed to be about)
I say- what would happen if, instead of PAYING MONEY for the privilege of driving to an indoor, sweaty, smelly gym, to workout on machines in the stale air, we all canceled our gym memberships, and used our workout time to VOLUNTEER at the nearest CSA or community farm/garden?
You would get fresh air, sunshine, exercise, AND you would be helping an amazing cause. All without costing you a dime!
Plus, volunteering is something the whole family can do together!
Who knows, you may even walk away with some fresh vegetables in return for your workout!
What about winter/non growing seasons you ask?
Most farms have plenty of work year round. Barns still need to be mucked out, and animals fed, no matter the time of year. Or you could get out and shovel the neighborhood’s sidewalks!
What would happen if we moved our “gyms” outside, and did active and productive work instead of useless toil on non-productive machines?