Staying active for life may be a real challenge for you now. Look at it this way. You can make the effort to live an active lifestyle or pay the price in decreased health, faster aging, more doctor visits, more aches and pain. You decide. It’s that easy.
One way to lead a more active lifestyle and also make better food choices would be to grow some of your food. Along with this you can make the move to prepare more fresh meals. Actually start looking at your food choices as a way to get some physical activity. Gardening is a great way to stay active. It requires doing deep squats, dead lifts, bicep curls, hoeing, raking and excessive stretching, pulling and walking. 🙂
But you say, I don’t have enough room for a garden. I live in a condo or apartment. Ah yes. You can still grow food. Start a container garden on your patio consisting of one large planter or just several large pots. What? No space on the patio or you don’t have one. Try a large window or the kitchen counter to display small pots of herbs, tomatoes, cucumber, salad greens, you name it. When you think outside the box, there’s always a way to find space for a beautiful little garden.
Living with plants has many benefits for your health beside just eating them. Plants help support more oxygen in the environment and can help with your internal air quality. They are beautiful and feed the soul as well as the body, lifting your spirits on gloomy days.
Another benefit of growing some of your food is the joy of preparing fresh meals for yourself and your family. When you have a garden, you can’t wait to get in the kitchen and prepare what you’ve grown with your own hands. There is a natural sense of pride and excitement about sharing your bounty with family and friends. The food taste so delicious because it’s fresh and because you planted it and grew it with love.
Getting up to work in the kitchen is so much better than going out or ordering take out. You know exactly what’s in the food and once again, you get the opportunity to do a few more bicep curls and squats. To really keep it interesting, buy some cast iron pots so you get that simulated kettle bell work out as well.
And as always, if there just is no way to have your own garden, volunteer in a community garden. Most volunteers help with the planting and harvest and get to keep some of the food. So be active with your food choices and stay active for life. If you found this helpful and interesting, please like it and share it with your friends. Visit me at JaniceWoody.com and see how I help people everyday with wellness and graceful aging.
Here’s to your Lifetime Health!