‘positive reinforcement’

Event Training with ZooFit

I am a part of an amazing team competing in the Whidbey Island Triathlon this Saturday.  In my continuous effort to practice ZooFit in all my affairs, I figured training for this event utilizing the principles of operant conditioning, enrichment, and even conservation would be a great experiment. While we…

Interpretive Nature Run

Interpretive Nature Run

Being an avid non-runner, I look for opportunities to avoid the exercise at all costs. However, with the Sloth Army Running Club in full swing and meeting twice a week for runs, I can’t escape it. Coming up with running workouts on Thursdays is pretty easy, I have a slew…

Positive Reinforcement for Punishing Situations

I’m reading an interesting book called Triggers: Creating Behaviors That Last, Becoming the Person You Want to Be by Marshall Goldsmith, and I just had the most interesting insight from reading the book.  When discussing our most powerful triggers, they tend to be one of four specific types- Encouraging triggers (associated…

Level Up My Life- How I Write!

Level Up My Life- How I Write!

I’ve become engrossed in a book very similar to my concept of “Zookeeper’s Guide to Fitness”.  I thought reading a book with the same ideas as my own would cave my motivation, as I feared someone beat me to the punch, but actually I feel quite the opposite.   I am…

Clicker Worthy Moments from Clicker Expo, Part II

Clicker Worthy Moments from Clicker Expo, Part II

When I first came home from the Clicker Expo last month, I complained that I didn’t get out of it as much as I would have liked.  Looking back on my notes, however, I think I may have spoke too soon.  There were quite a few presentations and speakers that,…

Positive Spin on a Dire Situation

Positive Spin on a Dire Situation

I have been struggling with how to convey my most important fitness message to my audience for some time.  My main motivation and inspiration for getting fit was conservation.  Doing my part to stay healthy and help the planet.  But it has also been to create a healthy, positive attitude…

Fitness Through Operant Conditioning

Fitness Through Operant Conditioning

The program I’m developing revolves around the basic principles of Operant Conditioning. There are immediately some glaring questions: What is operant conditioning, why do animal trainers swear by it, and how on earth will operant conditioning help in a fitness program? I’m not trying to “dumb down” the definition of…

100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 28: Positive Communication

100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 28: Positive Communication

A discussion with my husband reminded me of this topic, and I figured this is as good as any day to talk about Positive Communication.  I am starting to become more and more frustrated with society due to our negative tendencies.  And I realized something significant about Animal Training and…