30 Days of Experiencing Nature: Day 20- Let’s Get Physical

Fitness is not just eating right. Nor is it just exercising. Fitness is a beautiful symphony of eating right to fuel your exercise and exercising to promote other healthy habits. Exercise doesn’t do us much good if we aren’t nourished, but if we don’t move, we won’t see amazing results. Exercise and nutrition go hand in hand. Continue reading 30 Days of Experiencing Nature: Day 20- Let’s Get Physical

30 Days of ZooFit: Day 22- Everyday is Earth Day

There are few exciting holidays for zookeepers. Christmas and Thanksgiving are often spent with our fur/feather/scaled families because, guess what? Animals have to eat. Daily. It’s weird, I know. But such is life of a zookeeper.

Know what holidays zookeepers DO get excited over? April 22. Earth Day. It’s not exactly celebrated by everyone, but it is an important day for zookeepers. Earth Day is the one day out of the year everyone gets to be a zookeeper and care for the planet. Continue reading 30 Days of ZooFit: Day 22- Everyday is Earth Day

30 Days of ZooFit: Day 4- Trash to Treasure

I am always looking for ways to reduce the amount of waste I throw away. I sometimes feel like a pack rat, saving items destined for the trash, because, you never know what we can use it for later. In fact, I have a whole series called “Reuse, Recycle, Reduce Your Waist” where I turn old household items into workout equipment. Continue reading 30 Days of ZooFit: Day 4- Trash to Treasure

The MacGyver Factor

 

I’ve often referred to zookeepers as the MacGyvers of the professional world.  I can’t think of any other profession where employees routinely think quick on their feet, respond immediately to issues, and utilize resources the way zookeepers do.  We are innovative, creative, and inventive, the Ravenclaws for the Care of Truly Magical Creatures.  This resourcefulness I learned in the animal care field has helped me more times than I can count, as a zookeeper, as a writer, as a fitness enthusiast, and as a conservationist. Continue reading The MacGyver Factor

Is Willpower Finite and Infinite? and How Conservation Helps

I’ve been reading a helluva lot of books on the subject of willpower.  Why?  Well, willpower has a lot to do with fitness and meeting our wellness goals.  Plus, I’ve been struggling recently to find the focus to write.  From his book “Willpower”, Roy Baumeister tells us that willpower is the ability to do what you need to do, regardless if you feel like doing it.   Continue reading Is Willpower Finite and Infinite? and How Conservation Helps

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

Utilizing Available Resources to Plan Workouts

No, I haven’t fallen off the face of the earth, and no I haven’t NOT been exercising.  I’ve been working on other commitment projects and I’m getting behind on everything….  but I’m already digressing.

I do not belong to a gym or CrossFit box.  I don’t own fancy equipment or home machines.  So, how do I plan workouts with the equipment I do own and in the free spaces provided for me?  I use resources accessible and available to me. Continue reading Utilizing Available Resources to Plan Workouts