January 7, 2009


Upper row : 5 lb. ankle weights
Lower row : 5, 8 and 12 lb. hand weights

The thing I miss most in winter is gardening and the exercise it gives me without having to do a daily routine in the gym. In winter I spend 3 or more days doing a garden fitness routine to keep my muscles in shape. Very little equipment is needed for the exercises. Visit the gardenfitness.com website for the wonderful illustrated 6 week shape up program created by personal trainer Kimberly Ridout .

I'm also staying in shape by lifting my 7 week old 12-plus-pound granddaughter Lea and climbing stairs cleaning a four story house . I don't do New Year's resolutions every January 1, I have a long term plan to garden until my last breath. It's just in my genes I guess. My Aunt Nell was a hearty healthy woman who kept house until she was in her mid-90's, even taking care of her 70 year old daughter who was in poor health due to obesity. Aunt Nell gardened all her life and ate a healthy diet of mainly vegetables and very little meat.

What are you winter weary gardeners doing with your extra time ?


  1. I'm getting fat. I wish the spring would hurry up and get here so I can get some excersise.

  2. You are quite right, Carolyn gail! I've been 'thinking' the very same thoughts as of late (although I haven't actually 'lifted' the tools). I don't make new year's resolutions either, but I know there is some exercise and weight lifting on the horizon. I love the title of this post--it's very clever:)

  3. I am staying busy with projects in and around the house, but should be lifting those weights. Sigh. Spring is right around the corner though and we'll all soon be outside.

  4. I gained over 10 lbs. during the holiday season. This reminds me that I really need to get back to the gym.

  5. Hi Nathan,

    Don't wait for Spring before starting some exercise . It's important to dedicate 3 or more days , 30 minutes each time, to some physical activity.

  6. Thanks, Jan. Winter is a great time to work on our Spring bodies.

  7. Hi Tina,

    It's always something as Rosanna Danna used to say.

    Once you get into the routine of lifting weights and exercising it becomes a good habit.

  8. I read somewhere that 10 lbs. is the average weight gain over the winter months for most people. That's 35,000 calories and its not easy to burn them off.

    I haven't added any winter weight since I started doing my regular exercise routine and watching what I eat. I'm fortunate not to have a sweet tooth I guess.

    Since Spring comes a lot earlier in Alabama it's time to hit that gym! Good luck.

  9. Carolyn, Interesting post and thanks for the link I will have a look. I suffer from arthritis and after several bad period with pains in my shoulder (so bad I couldn't drive) I started using weights. I no longer get any pain unless I take a few weeks off! I also do a series of other exercises which keep the pains away from my other joints. For me this has been a miracle cure, I dread to think how much pain I would be in now if I hadn't started exercise with weights about 10 years ago!

    Best wishes Sylvia (England)

  10. I'm sleeping on the couch. Lounging on the couch. Spending way too much time online. I want to hibernate until it's nice enough to be outside. I can't seem to make myself do anything to help myself out of my winter funk!


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