100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 56: Hoppy Easter!

In CrossFit, for special holidays and member birthdays, an especially difficult and challenging workout is usually planned.  It’s CrossFit’s way of saying they care, I guess.  I like incorporating similar challenges for my Bootcamp, where I typically have a particular workout planned for certain holidays.  With it being Easter, I wanted to do a workout that would exclaim “Hoppy Easter!” in a most challenging way. Continue reading 100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 56: Hoppy Easter!

100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 32: Good Form, I Say

Visiting a great CrossFit box for a trial membership has been great for me to work on fitness goals that I just don’t have the equipment or facility to practice at times.  But more than anything, I’m really proud of myself for not bending to the pressure of competition or feeling like I’m going too slow.  This week, I’ve said screw it to Rx weights, and didn’t pay the least bit of attention to my time (until I was finished with my workout).  I’ve been working solely on good form and taking time to do the exercises right. Continue reading 100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 32: Good Form, I Say

100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 31: Great Workout, Anytime

With my husband off to his figure drawing open studio and my late shift at the wildlife refuge, I decided to forego another CrossFit WOD for the day, and finished my trial membership at Anytime Fitness, just down the street from the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge.   Continue reading 100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 31: Great Workout, Anytime

100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 30: Take Time to Do Things Right

My husband and I got around to trying out a CrossFit box not too far from where we live that offers a free week trial.  Trial memberships are something I strongly advocate, as they help you see if the money you will be spending is worth your while.  CrossFit is something that we both wish we could afford because it provides a perfect workout in an ideal atmosphere.  Our first workout at CrossFit Code Red was so incredibly perfect for me, I felt I needed to discuss it further. Continue reading 100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 30: Take Time to Do Things Right

100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 20: Farmers Market Blues

Oh, Winter.  You double-edged sword.  I appreciate the months without the glaring heat.  I understand the necessity of the cycle to allow for new growth.  But you took my farmers market away for three whole months!  I haven’t liked many things about Oregon, but I will say this, I have come to adore the farmers market.  And being without my local eggs, grass-fed and free range meat, fresh honey, and locally grown, organic vegetables has been difficult this year. Continue reading 100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 20: Farmers Market Blues

100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 17: Basics of Operant Conditioning

As a member of the AAZK (American Association of Zookeepers), I have access to a several great webinars on various topics associated with zookeeping.  Considering that my fitness book is based on principles of zookeeping with a focus on operant conditioning, I decided to look into the course titled “the Basics of Operant Conditioning” by Gary Priest of San Diego Zoo.  I’m so glad I did!  Many of the points brought up in the webinar were subjects I’m very comfortable and familiar with, but it was the topic of “Food Deprivation” that really honed me in, especially in regards to Fitness through Operant Conditioning. Continue reading 100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 17: Basics of Operant Conditioning

100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 16: The Little Things

I don’t know any fitness facility or gym that centers around conservation in their practices.  Most facilities have the most updated equipment but don’t worry themselves with aspects of decreasing their carbon footprint, or conserving water or electricity, or preserving species.  So, when I check out gyms on a trial membership, I look for the little things.

This week I’ve been visiting Workout Anytime, a small 24-hour gym just down the street from us.  It is a very small gym, but it packs a powerful punch.  I think what was so refreshing to me was all the little things.  It was especially refreshing when some of the bigger gyms we had visited in the past didn’t have little features that made it more endearing to me.  For instance, they have water bottle fillers attached to their water fountains.  It may not seem like much, but it’s a small feature that promotes reusable bottles.  Their bathrooms have energy saving lights that come on automatically when you walk in.  Their vending machine only offers clean energy snacks.  I want to do some more research on some of their products because I’m not really sure how great “Muscle Milk” is, but they also offer Quest Bars, and I’ve done a little digging into Quest products, and they are in my top 5 favorite products for eating clean, healthy, and green.

Workout Anytime has most of the popular fitness equipment- treadmills, ellipticals, and spin cycles, as well as benches and smith machines for squats.  But what was great for me and my husband was all the CrossFit-type of equipment they have- kettlebells, sandbags, plyo boxes for box jumps, row machines, and pull-up station (of course, I strained my trapezius on our first day doing my first pull-up, which basically ruined my workout, but that’s besides the point).

The cost is next to nothing for this tiny place that has all these little extra amenities.  This place is so positive, we are seriously considering joining.  We have a couple more places we want to try out, but I’m actually feeling like those other gyms are going to have to step up their game if they want to compete with a place like Workout Anytime.  It’s one of the hidden gems for fitness and doing your part to make the world a little better.

Now, I’m going to bed to sleep like a baby after our super-met-con this afternoon.

100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 14: Happy Heart Day

Most couples celebrate February 14 as Valentine’s Day and surprise each other with chocolates, flowers, and expensive dinners.  While I understand this particular “holiday” is to celebrate love, I tend to call it Happy Heart Day, and do things that feel good for the heart, mind, and soul. Continue reading 100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 14: Happy Heart Day

100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 12: Drink Water, Get Fit, Save the Earth

Water is a hot topic when discussing fitness.  You should totally drink it!  You should totally drink lots and lots of it!  And, water is also a hot topic with environmentalists.  You should totally conserve water.  Conserve lots and lots of water.  These two ideas seem to contradict each other, but today I’m going to discuss exactly how and why you should drink water, get fit, and save the earth. Continue reading 100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 12: Drink Water, Get Fit, Save the Earth

100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 11: Tuna recipes

Whenever I’m cooking, I have several questions in mind.  First, is the food healthy?  Can I make the recipe healthier?  Can I substitute something with less saturated fat or fewer calories?  Second, is the food sustainable?  Is eating this food contributing to the decline of certain species?  Is it farmed, caught, killed, harvested, or produced in sustainable ways?  And lastly, is the recipe flexible?  If I didn’t come up with the recipe myself, I tweak it a bit until I have a recipe I created on my own.  Can I change the flavors without losing the taste?  Will my picky husband eat it?   Continue reading 100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 11: Tuna recipes