Over the weekend there have been stories about the groundbreaking for the garden. Most have featured photos of Michelle Obama in her chosen outfit. As much I hate to jump on the bandwagon of bloggers who provide commentary on the First Lady's fashion choices, I do question the logic behind the attire for this event. The last time I wore boots, leggings, and a long sweater, I was headed to a party, not my plot. But then again, if I knew I'd be greeted by photographers whenever I pushed open the MSG gate, I'd probably feel a little uncomfortable in my ripped jeans and T-shirts.
But now that I've said that, let me get to my point. Apparently most of the maintenance of the White House garden will fall to the grounds crew and kitchen staff. Perhaps it's unrealistic to expect Michelle Obama to take time out of her busy schedule to pitch in on a regular basis. But she does manage to devote time to exercise--three 90-minute workouts a week that include weight lifting, calisthenics, and some cardiovascular activities.
Being the same age as the first lady, I can relate to her desire to stay in shape, and I too go to a gym and participate in some of the same aforementioned activities. But has she considered that gardening is exercise? Digging the garden plot can burn 340 calories an hour, and weeding can burn 306 calories an hour. Digging dirt is similar to weight lifting, yet burns more calories and has the added benefits of fresh air and sunshine.
So hopefully Michelle will spend more time in the dirt. As a role model watched by many, she can get her exercise, reduce stress, and use her influence to make gardening more fashionable.