I know I've written on this topic before, but for me, gardening maintenance is one of the best wellness activities there is. The odd thing is that my husband cares more about buying plants and flowers and planting them. What I enjoy is weeding, and trimming shrubs and bushes. We have a gardener as well so I don't have to mow the lawn, but I just love being outside with my hands in the dirt.
I know that the sun is an important healing element for me. Weeding is kind of a Zen-like thing. I don't think about anything but what I'm doing and it's total concentration. I'd probably be healthier if we lived in a more rural area. In fact, I'm fairly sure I never would have gotten ill if we owned a John Deere tractor and I could ride around acreage, cut down trees, and chop wood.
I must tell you that outdoor activities and exercise are far more appealing to me than yoga and meditation, which is what I've been reading about. Last night, I spent two hours online trying to find a yoga studio and a place to go for meditation, and the more I searched, the worse I felt. Maybe it's just because I live in Los Angeles--where everyone is a self-promoter--but the idea of seeing Zen masters on U-Tube was a real turn-off. To me, spirituality is a more quiet--less promotional kind of activity. But that's just me!