Michelle Obama and Gardening

This past week I was amazed to see from the Dallas paper that Michelle Obama will plant a vegetable garden and a number of herbs. Two thumbs up for her. I was also thrilled to see on TV that the fifth grade class was able to become involved in the planting of the garden. I just now hope that they will continue to oversee the watering, weeding and expansion of the garden. This is terrific for Michelle and stress relief with her hectic schedule. For a child it is educational. There is nothing like watching plants or seeds that you planted grow. (It is more fun for the kids while waiting for that first vegetable to grow , they see a little vegetable and then you keep telling them it is not ready to pick yet.) They are so excited that when the vegetable is ready to pick that they will actually eat the veggies.

I brought my kids up with little vegetable gardens and largely grown in pots. You will get the same reaction whether the vegetables are in a pot or the ground. I am also so excited that she is bringing her up girls to eat healthier. These days it’s so important for the health and wellbeing of our children. Obesity is rampant and there are people such as myself that want to change things.

Just imagine if everyone started to grow at least one vegetable in a pot or in a small portion in their yard and then shared veggies with their neighbors. Or even better yet get schools involved (some are already doing so) taking a small portion of the school yard and planting little gardens and each course taking a turn once a week to weed and water. When the vegetables are grown, because the kids have had hands on, they are more apt to attempt if not enjoy what they grew.

Just remember all of you gardeners out there or people who want to start planting don’t forget to stretch later. Gardening is truly working your muscles and that’s a fantastic form of exercise, so if you do not stretch afterwards there’s a good likelihood that you will wake up sore and tender the next morning. We all have good intensions but muscles do tighten when they are put to work and they need to be re -elongated to avoid soreness.

Ellen Miller is a Fitness Practitioner/personal trainer and the originator of the IsoBreathing program. She has been instructing lifestyle changes for almost 30 years. Subscribe to her newsletter at www.isobreathing.com. Her email address is Ellen@isobreathing.com and she does answer all mails herself.

Ellen Miller is a Fitness Practitioner/personal trainer and the originator of the IsoBreathing program. She has been instructing lifestyle changes for almost 30 years. Subscribe to her newsletter at www.isobreathing.com. Her email address is Ellen@isobreathing.com and she does answer all mails herself.

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