Work in Progress

How do you know if you are making progress in your fitness if you don’t have a gym or a personal trainer to mark progress toward your goal? progress You mark it yourself.  And today, I wanted to test how far Chris and I may have come in our journey of working out in the great outdoors.  On October 14, we finished one of the most grueling workouts I’d ever come up with: the Nature Park.  The workout entailed us running around the entirety of the park, following all trails going to the left.  Well, we don’t run so much as jog or run at a walking pace.  But I did us one more in the workout.  How much fun would it be to just run?  None at all.  So, I decided to have us do different exercises every time we came up to a bench.  They were quick little circuits, but effective.  On that date, October 14, Chris and I finished the entire circuit in 90 minutes.  That was about 3 miles of jogging plus several circuits of abs, legs, and arms.673px-TualatinHillsMap Continue reading Work in Progress

The Boring Side to Fitness

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

Special Dedication- 1000 Days of Art

In 2013, my husband embarked on a challenge for himself and his passion.  He decided that he would challenge himself to do some kind of art, whether that be painting or drawing for at least 30 minutes each day.  Every day.

Chris has always been inspired by the masters, and knowing those masters have dedicated their lives to their craft, and knowing they did their art every freaking day is what MADE them masters, Chris wanted to emulate some of their principles. Continue reading Special Dedication- 1000 Days of Art

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

Workout at the Park

When Chris and I first moved to Oregon, we found a little park not too far from our apartment that has benches, a playground with monkey bars, and seemed secluded enough to allow some “privacy” while working out.  Then we joined VillaSport for the summer and when we left Villla, our workout park seemed…different.

 

It seemed to have grown crowded by annoying types of people. People smoking (weed), people who didn’t pick up after their dogs (ewww), broken glass on the ground (c’mon, people, KIDS play here), and folks who just let their kids walk up to random strangers and talk to them while said strangers were trying to get their workout on.   Last weekend we hit our limit on how much we could take when we tried to do a circuit workout but with traffic on the road, and then stepping in dog poo during the workout, we were finished with the park once and for all.

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Learning to Fly

Earlier this month, I received a rude awakening.  All summer, I had been preparing and fine-tuning my presentation for this project that has become near and dear to my heart.  My chosen venue to debut EarthFit was the International Congress of Zookeepers in Germany.  To me, sharing this program with the zookeeper community was a no-brainer.  EarthFit had been developed while I was a zookeeper, and it had truly benefited me as a zookeeper. Continue reading Learning to Fly