100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 85: WHY Animals Matter

The book “Animals Matter” was incredibly frustrating to read.  So when I came across another book, “Why Animals Matter” by Marian Stamp Dawkins, I was hesitant to say the least.  But by Chapter Two, which was entitled “Seduced by Words”, I had a much better opinion and feeling on the topic.   Continue reading 100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 85: WHY Animals Matter

100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 84: Animals Matter (but apparently only to Animal Rights Activists)

I have always considered myself someone who deeply cares for the well-being of animals.  Whether they are my food, my pets, or my job, I have always considered myself devoted to the humane and ethical treatment of the creatures with whom we share this earth.  But after reading “Animals Matter” by Marc Beckoff, I have discovered that my whole life has been a lie.  I obviously don’t care about animals, or how could I ever eat them, or products made by them.  As someone who respects animals, how can I ever deny even my pet who I cherish as my own child anything they desire?  And no person who serves to protect animals would ever think that any animal can ever have their needs met living at a zoological facility.   Continue reading 100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 84: Animals Matter (but apparently only to Animal Rights Activists)

100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 51: Animals Make Us Human

I just finished a remarkable book by a remarkable woman and really felt it was necessary to share.  I may have fallen in deep infatuation with Temple Grandin.  She truly is an amazing woman, and I admire all the work she has done to improve the welfare of not just livestock, but all animals in the care of humans.  I read “Animals In Translation” e few years ago, and I remember having a few “aha” moments, but not as strongly as when I finished reading “Animals Make Us Human”.  The experience and knowledge that Grandin holds and openly shares with the public is admirable.  But the degree of understanding that she incorporates in her narrative is truly eye-opening.animals.make.us.human.cover Continue reading 100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 51: Animals Make Us Human

100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 37: What Color is Your Parachute?

Travelling back and forth between Whidbey Island and Oregon has given me a fair opportunity to catch up on some “reading”.  I’ve been listening to some interesting topics such as Animal Welfare, Goal Setting, and now, Job Hunting.  I listened to this book within 24 hours traveling to and from Whidbey Island for my Beach Naturalist Training- “What Color is Your Parachute?”   Continue reading 100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 37: What Color is Your Parachute?

100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 34: All or Nothing

I recently finished a book called “Veganist” by Kathy Freston, and I felt the urge to share some of my insights while listening to the book.  The subtitle of “Veganist” is”Lose Weight, Get Healthy, and Change the World”.  Wow, it sounds like this book is right up my alley!  I was very open minded about the idea of going vegan, and even agree with the author’s philosophy of “leaning” into the new lifestyle.   Continue reading 100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 34: All or Nothing

100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 33: Wildlife Without Borders

I attended a presentation at the refuge about a special Fish and Wildlife Service program called “Wildlife Without Borders“.  It’s based on the idea that wildlife around the world don’t recognize countries’ borders, so we should all work collectively to protect natural areas and assist each other to promote conservation amongst international colleagues. Continue reading 100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 33: Wildlife Without Borders

100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 23: Books and Owls

While I tend to focus a great deal on physical fitness in my writings, I realize the importance of relaxation, mental fitness, and enrichment.  So, it was a great day to get all three with a focus on books, nature, and one of my favorite animals on the refuge, great horned owls.

I host a book club at the refuge and for our meeting this month we read an interesting book called “Passionate Slugs and Hollywood Frogs” by Patricia Lichen. Continue reading 100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 23: Books and Owls

100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 22: Carrots and Sticks

I’m starting an experiment today that goes against what I preach for Zookeeper Fitness.  I just finished a book called “Carrots and Sticks” by Ian Ayres and in solidarity of trying new things, I have decided to enter into a Commitment Contract on their website, stickk.com to ensure that I finish my 75 entries of 100 Ways of EarthFit.   Continue reading 100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 22: Carrots and Sticks

100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 19: Indiana Jones of Conservation

Earlier this month I finished a book about one man’s quest to help protect the northern white rhino.  It was called “The Last Rhinos” by Lawrence Anthony and at the very end of the book, something happened to me that doesn’t occur very often.  I cried.   Continue reading 100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 19: Indiana Jones of Conservation

Be Flexible in Your Fitness Routine

As I progress in my Personal Training course, I had some revelations about Stretching.  Of the four components of fitness, Flexibility is the most overlooked and under-worked (the other three components are Stabilization, Cardiovascular, and Strength).   Most people think to be flexible in your fitness routine, you should be ready for obstacles and scheduling conflicts that come up.  Not many think of stretching or improving your range of motion. Continue reading Be Flexible in Your Fitness Routine