Yesterday I was looking for some physical activity and after teaching a SilverSneaker class, just didn’t want to stay at the gym. I wasn’t in the mood for the elliptical, I am never in the mood for the treadmill and I lift enough weights in class. The weather wasn’t really saying “come swim” and the dog didn’t want to go further than the corner when I took him for his walk. There were some really stubborn weeds around our lemon and mango trees that I knew Mitch wanted to tackle this weekend, but I went ahead and stole his job (at least that’s how he saw it…I thought I was helping!) Though it wasn’t sunny out at 1pm, it was HOT. I got a great workout lugging the half filled with garden debris trash can down to the trees, digging, raking, pulling, then cleaning up and dragging the now full trash can back to it’s home. I not only burned a bunch of calories, and used some different muscle fibers in a different way, but also freed up time for Mitch to tackle some other outdoor chores this weekend. The whole time I was working, I was thinking that although gyms are great and almost necessary in this era, we could all be a lot more physically, mentally and spiritually fit if we incorporated more outdoor manual labor into our days! Nothing like some hard work surrounded by Mother Nature’s multitude of gifts!