This past weekend I spent at least 5 hours in my garden shoveling and raking. I would have kept going since I love it so much, but at a certain point in the evening you’ve just got to go inside. I was rewarded with sore muscles all over my ribs, one of those areas were I rarely have sore muscles. It reminded me of the random sore back muscles I get from a kickboxing class that always surprise me. Gardening provides all the benefits of exercise, but I’d never consider gardening to be exercise, I just consider it fun.
One self-monitoring tool I use is tracking my physical activity on a calendar. I like seeing the days fill up with all the activities I’ve done. Sure, I write down when I go for a run, attend a Green Mountain fitness class, or an evening yoga class, but I also write in gardening, walking my dog, and soon I’ll be making note of when I go to ballet class (starting tonight!). I’m learning that if I intentionally seek out activities that keep me moving: dance class, adopting dogs, making my garden bigger each year, milling my grains and coffee by hand, etc… I’m more committed to moving than if I wrote out the worlds best exercise schedule on paper with the intent to follow it.
What activities or hobbies have you found that bring you joy and keep you moving?