These pictures are from previous springs, because I don't have any spring blooms to share - yet. But I know spring is just around the corner. So I've begun exercising. Have you? We gardeners have to be very fit to keep up with all that's required of us in the garden. I've already started weeding, and I'm a little sore! No wonder - no one type of exercise can do everything that gardening can. Just compare:
Tai Chi - If you grow roses, you know the exact moves of Tai Chi. Slow, methodical, very balanced. If not, you may fall into some of those thorns! (Ask me how I know.) And I'm sure we've all been in some flexible positions taking pictures of a bloom at just the right angle.
Walking - I can walk five miles just looking for the lost tools I placed somewhere, but have no clue where! Not to mention all the walking around looking for the perfect spot to plant that unplanned plant purchase.
Running - Most people don't think about running when they're gardening, but I do. Chasing after an driverless wheelbarrow as it's bounding down the hill. Chasing after the dog that has just pulled up a newly planted tree. I see plant, he sees stick. Running in from the rain, after lightening starts to hit close by. Yes, running is very much a part of gardening.
Calisthenics - Sometimes I find myself flat on the ground (don't ask), and it takes about 50 sit ups to get enough momentum to propel myself up! Jumping jacks come in handy when stepping in a fire ant hill. One-arm push ups come in handy when you're under a bush trying to get those weeds that are just beyond reach.
Strength Training - Who do you think carts around all those concrete blocks back and forth, never quite deciding where they should go?
Brain Games - Can you remember all the names of your plants? I can't either, but after looking them up continuously, I can name quite a few. Plus, I'm learning latin!
No wonder it's so important to get ready for spring by warming up your muscles with some "regular" exercise. Because nothing compares to the exercise you get in the garden. The next time someone asks you what type of exercise you do, don't tell them you garden. They will roll their eyes if they're not a gardener. Instead, list all these exercises and tell them you do them all - every day - from spring to fall.