This week on News Down under with the New year approaching, its all things fitness.
A new fitness regime has been started, which encourages people to get fit, by growing and harvesting vegetables and running through fields, as reported by ABC Rural.
Instead of going to the gym, Jamie Milne, now has his clients running through fields instead of on a treadmill. The clients are in direct competition, with the loser facing 50 burpees. The new farming-fitness course is now being held at Woombye, Queensland,
It’s not all just to help the clients though, as the fitness-fanatics are also helping out organic farmer Mick Dan in the process.
Many of them were undertaking a fitness and nutrition challenge heading into Christmas.
"Mick and Kelly supply the gym with organic fresh fruit," said instructor Mr Milne said.
"They also deliver their boxes for us so it's really cool and such a unique opportunity for our members and their kids to see how it all happens — and do some work.” he added.
The instructor said this regime is excellent for getting people moving, and says people pay hundreds of dollars for the same thing in a gym.
"I think it's really good to get back to movements that we were almost genetically designed to do...They're squatting, they're deadlifting, they're carrying awkward weighted objects and mulch, pushing hay bails up the hill, digging potatoes and doing the weeding.” he said.
"It's all functional movement [and] people pay hundreds of bucks for gym memberships to do exactly what they're doing now." he added.
The farmer, Dan, said the exercise regime not only gives people a chance to get fit, but teaches them all about organic farming and why they do it. He teaches the clients all about how his fields provide for over 300 people, with fruits and vegetables.
"You could take lots of pills and you could take supplements and yes that's going to work in the short-term," he said.
"You might build some big muscles, but in the long-term is that going to work for you? Hell no." he added.
The farmer also compared using “heaps of nitrogen” fertiliser, using it as a metaphor for a qucik fix to fitness.
"In a farm sense, nitrogen's a bit like sugar," he said.
"You can have a coffee and a sugar hit and go and do a workout and you feel really good, but what happens afterwards? Your body just dives.” he added.
"Same thing happens on the farm. If I go and hit that with a heap of nitrogen-based fertiliser, yeah I'm going to get a big crop but the next time, the crop is going to be weaker.” said Dan.
He said this is why it’s similar to looking after a person’s body.
"So that's a bit like your body, in terms of nutrition and the way that your bodies are handling the work out. It's not going to be a long lasting thing." said Dan.
"Likewise with glyphosate, if we cut corners it would cost me about $30 to treat this whole paddock and you wouldn't see any weeds.” the farmer added.
The farmer then said his farm, is like a gym fanatic, always looking to build on muscles.
"We're building all the muscles in our farm — be it nutrients, microbes — we've got interplanting.” he said.
"Although it doesn't look like a perfect English farm, what we've got here is a hugely powerful, hugely nutritional paddock of food." he added.
This was the first session held by the instructor, Jamie Milne, and according to him this will not be the last. This new initiative not only helps those looking to improve their fitness, Talk about “two birds and one stone”.