They say June 21 is the longest day of the year. I beg to differ. Moving from Portland area to Whidbey Island in one day is the longest day of the year. Continue reading 100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 49: Moving on Up
I got a phone call from OrangeTheory Fitness center about my membership I had reserved a couple months ago. I hadn’t forgotten about it per se, but I kept forgetting to call them during their business hours to cancel my membership. I told them about my situation and they still invited me to their facility for a free workout. And who am I to say no to a free killer workout? Continue reading 100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 44: OrangeTheory Fitness
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
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.
I know this is going to sound blasphemous coming from me, but I’m going to go ahead and say it: There is a boring side to fitness, and I’m delving into it head-on right now!
In my endeavors to become a mentor and knowledgeable in my conservation fitness program, I felt I should get some sort of professional recognition to help back up many of my fitness claims and suggestions. So, I found an online personal training certification course and I’ve signed up. I have no desire to be a personal trainer, even if I get the certification, but the title will give me some credentials that I can’t get with the “zookeeper” or “conservationist/environmentalist” titles. Continue reading The Boring Side to Fitness
Embarking on this journey to live fit and green has been empowering, but I am very grateful that I am not going at this on my own. I have found a plethora of books that have helped me make better consumer choices and create healthier, more environmental habits.
Recently, I have been reading an enjoyable book, “Do One Green Thing” by Mindy Pennybacker. I like it for its simplicity and positive focus on small changes one can make in their diet, homes, and travels to help the planet. Continue reading Do One Green Thing- Produce, Meat, Dairy, Poultry, and Eggs