I definitely think I’m healthier for living on a farm in the middle of nowhere, compared to living in the city. It’s not just the cleaner air and more organic pace of life, although that doesn’t go astray. It’s more the fact that things aren’t just done for you.
You need your gutters cleaned? Good luck getting someone out to do it any time soon. You’re better off getting stuck in yourself, and as a bonus you get a round of core strength training as you wrangle that ladder. Run out of tea? In the time you’ll be waiting for your next grocery delivery, you might as well go out and dig up some dandelions, dry and powder the roots, and get sipping on that. It’s a whole let less sedentary than placing an online order.
I actually think that this way of life could help with a lot of common foot and ankle conditions. Melbourne city-siders are required to wear shoes most of the time, you see, to avoid stepping in a jettisoned kebab or a pile of vomit. Out in the sticks, that’s simply not the case, and you can afford to get around barefoot. That, in turn, helps build strength and resilience in the feet. That’s my theory, anyway. It’s nature’s podiatry!
Some people might be worried about snakes, but honestly, you’ve got more chance of walking into a cow pat. In general, snakes want nothing more than to steer clear of us as far as possible, and if you just have your wits about you you’re unlikely to step on one. By the way, the chances of walking into a cow pat aren’t that high either. Out here, you can bring your full range of sensory faculties to navigating the landscape, and as a result your feet just know where to tread. It’s much harder to do that in the city, which is why foot protection is needed there.