I just want to share with you one of my favourite places to spend my time and it’s out here in my garden. Standing in my garden behind me is my bench where I meditate, I also have raised beds where I’m growing various vegetables. Over the last year and a half, I’ve had lettuce, cucumbers, tomatoes, kale, beetroots, potatoes, a whole range of different vegetables.

It’s so critical for wellbeing, being outside, but particularly in the garden. You’re moving the body, you’re being out in fresh air, you’re interacting with nature, and you’re earthing on the ground, and ideally in bare feet.

And of course, I’m eating my own homegrown vegetables. These are unadulterated by herbicides or pesticides; they are about as pure as you’re going to get. I grow them in organic soil with organic manure. It’s amazing to go to the garden from the kitchen, pull a vegetable out of the ground and eat it half an hour later. It’s extraordinarily good for wellbeing.

A simple little takeaway message from this blog post is to get outside as often as you can but think about gardening. You don’t need a lot of space – you can have potatoes growing in a pot or a bucket. You could just have one small bed that you dedicate out to vegetables or growing fruits. I also have a plum tree in my garden and a cherry tree.

You don’t need a huge amount of space, but the benefits you get from being outside and eating organic, very, very locally sourced produce is huge, and you’ll feel it as well.

Get a little spot for yourself, like I have, where you can meditate – that’s also incredibly good for wellbeing.

So get outside, interact with nature, grow your own vegetables and fruit and enjoy the amazing benefits.

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Leanne Spencer is an entrepreneur, coach, TEDx Speaker, author of Remove the Guesswork, and founder of Bodyshot Performance Limited. Bodyshot is a health and fitness consultancy that helps busy professionals get more energy by removing the guesswork around their health, fitness and nutrition. Visit www.bodyshotperformance.com or email [email protected] to register your interest in our services and connect with us on FacebookInstagram, Twitter and LinkedIn.


  • Leanne is an award-winning entrepreneur and the founder of Bodyshot Performance Limited. She delivered a TEDx talk on 'Why fitness is more important than weight', is the author of bestselling books 'Remove the Guesswork' and 'Rise and Shine', and hosts a podcast called ’Remove the Guesswork‘. Leanne is the founder of Bodyshot Performance, an award-winning health and wellbeing company. Bodyshot Performance work with businesses of up to 500 people who want to create a culture of energy, vitality and performance through the business and position wellbeing as a competitive advantage. Bodyshot intersect the latest science and technology to provide unique solutions to the challenge of wellbeing in the workplace that have a direct impact on the bottom line. Our clients have won awards for wellbeing and recognise it directly improves employee engagement and retention and attracts talent into the business.  We also work with chronically stressed or burned out professionals to get you back in control of your health and able to do the things you want to do in life. My expertise is around health, fitness and wellbeing, specifically focusing on sleep, mental health, energy, body composition, digestion and fitness. I host a popular podcast on iTunes called ’Remove the Guesswork ‘, and in November 2016 I delivered a TEDx talk on 'Why fitness is more important than weight'. I’m the author of the bestselling books 'Remove the Guesswork' and 'Rise and Shine' and I regularly speak to corporates on health and wellbeing. My personal values are to live truthfully, considerately and to "suck all the marrow out of life" as Thoreau said. I support the charity Diversity Role Models which works to combat homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying. I recently completed the world’s toughest ski race to raise £10,125 for Alzheimer's Research as my father-in-law was profoundly ill with Alzheimers, and I am on a constant mission to find ways to live in a way that is sustainable and environmentally friendly. I love sport, fitness, reading, gardening, business, podcasting, and being with my cat and our scampish little rescue dog, Kami from Romania.