30 Days of ZooFit: Focus on the Positive, Learn from the Animals

If you would like a glimpse into my inspiration and what influenced me for ZooFit’s first cornerstone, Fitness Through Operant Conditioning, look no further than the book Don’t Shoot the Dog by Karen Pryor. I really love this book because every time I read it, I find something new I never before considered with ZooFit. Read More “30 Days of ZooFit: Focus on the Positive, Learn from the Animals”

100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 100: Awakening the Passion for Conservation and Fitness

There is an incredible amount of passion residing within me.  It seems obvious that I would have such strong infatuation for animals and nature, given my career of choice. Growing up, I jumped at every opportunity to increase my knowledge and experience with wildlife and their environments.  As my admiration for nature grew, so did a third, very prominent obsession: conservation.  The more I learned about my favorite animals, and the more I studied nature, the more I wanted to do everything in my power to protect both.  More than one person can relate to this story, I’m sure. Read More “100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 100: Awakening the Passion for Conservation and Fitness”

100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 73: Fitness Through Operant Conditioning

When I began my journey into fitness a couple of years ago, I didn’t have the experience of creating healthy habits, setting fitness goals, or any motivation, really.  What I did have was over 13 years experience training animals.  As I progressed in fitness, I couldn’t help but see the correlation between how I planned and prepared myself and the animals I worked with for new behaviors, and the success of creating new, healthy habits.  As time went on, and I learned more from other fitness gurus, the more I believed that applying the principles of operant conditioning and animal training would help increase likelihood of success.work in progress Read More “100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 73: Fitness Through Operant Conditioning”

100 Days of EarthFit- Day 57: Putting Motivation in the Bank

There is a fairly popular and famous animal behavior expert by the name of Steve Martin.

SteveHarpy2-672x372Please do not confuse him with the comedian.  I’m sure he gets it ALL THE TIME!  He has so much great insight on practices for training, I consider him a true mentor in the field.  One of his many “gems” discusses the relationship between animals and trainers as a “trust bank”.  I have found this philosophy to coincide well with my fitness and wellness practices, but instead of calling it a “trust bank”, I refer to the actions I take as “putting motivation in the bank.”  But let me explain a little more what this “bank” reference means.trust-fall1
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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. Read More “The Boring Side to Fitness”