What do a gym and a flower bed have in common? At first glance, perhaps nothing—but according to certified personal trainer and master gardener Caroline Yourcheck, you can replace those free weights with a few bags of topsoil for a calorie-burning, productive workout in no time.
Gardening not only produces nutritious fruits and vegetables, it can also be an effective workout and foster a feeling of genuine accomplishment. Caroline spoke at this year’s PHS Philadelphia Flower Show about the concept of “power gardening” and outlined how modern culture presents many obstacles to good health, including:
- An abundance of processed foods and a lack of sufficient whole foods, such as fruits, vegetables, and whole grains
- Sedentary “desk job” professions
- A $50 billion fitness industry with an endless stream of workout “fads”
- Workout routines that lack a true feeling of accomplishment, which results in 80% of new gym members quitting their memberships
Power gardening, is a simple solution to many of these obstacles.
- You can grow your own organic produce.
- You can get off the couch and burn up to 350 calories per hour.
- It requires no expensive equipment, DVDs, or complicated routines.
- Most importantly, work in the garden yields true productivity that dumbbells and treadmills simply cannot provide.
Caroline believes that gardening has not earned the respect of the fitness industry simply because it is not part of a profitable business model. If you’d like to learn more about power gardening, check out Caroline’s website here.