A Health Revolution

What would happen if we moved our "gyms" outside, and did active and productive work instead of useless toil on non-productive machines?  A Health Revolution | areturntosimplicity.com

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!

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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!

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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?

What would happen if we moved our "gyms" outside, and did active and productive work instead of useless toil on non-productive machines?  A Health Revolution | areturntosimplicity.com

That, my friends, would be a health revolution…

  
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8 responses to “A Health Revolution”

  1. Well said Angi! The health benefits of just breathing outside air alone is awesome. Combined with physical activities (just walking) is good for the soul and the body. And like you said…no matter where you live.

  2. Lindsey says:

    Yes! I am so loving this idea. We do homestead, but we’re fledglings still 😉 And so we signed up for our local CSA this spring. I am telling you, it is AMAZING. We don’t volunteer there, but we do pick up straight from the farm and my kids never want to leave! And I don’t really either. It’s gorgeous. Seriously breath-taking. And if we didn’t homestead ourselves, we’d totally be into volunteering there 🙂 I love this health revolution!

  3. Jennifer A says:

    Awesome idea! It would be great if people could organize wood chopping or yard work for the elderly too.

    • Angi says:

      Exactly, Jennifer! There are SO many more profitable ways to get healthy exercise than paying for it at a gym!

  4. Sherry Lyle says:

    The best exercise is working outdoors! Not only does it benefit the body, but it soothes the soul. Great post!

  5. JES says:

    Yes, yes, completely agree! Have a post in the making with some of these same thoughts 🙂 Thank you for sharing this week on the Art of Home-Making Mondays! I also like Jennifer’s idea about helping out the elderly on their farms, etc.

  6. Jan says:

    I almost actually shouted “Amen!” and I am in the computer room alone! Love this ! Thanks for writing and giving us pause to ponder! Love having you link up with us at Country Fair Blog Party!
    Jan

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