Earth Month Conservation “Easter Egg” Hunt

The current environment and situation we are all dealing with has brought some frustrations and anxiety to our lives. While some stores won’t let me use my own containers (for bulk food), or even my own bags, and some stores don’t pack the groceries the way I’d prefer to conserve plastic, I have to remember I can compensate in other ways.

Yes, it’s frustrating, but I try not to get upset over policies and protocols different stores are practicing. Managers are just coming up with ways they feel can keep their employees and customers safe. We’re all in this brave new world together. Everything is an experiment. I’m just grateful they are OPEN.

I’ve considered skipping this idea for Easter, because I can imagine some push-back that I’m not being careful enough. But if you do take precautions (wearing gloves, a mask if necessary, stay out of the roads), I have an excellent idea for adults to make a difference in their community, clean up the planet, and maybe have a little fun.

Plogging

In 2016, a phenomenon started in Stockholm, Sweden and quickly gained popularity in Europe and beyond. They call it “plogging”, which was derived from the term plocka up (pick up) and jogging. So, basically, jogging while picking up litter.

My husband started plogging, or at least plocking (picking up litter while walking) when he started going to the playground down the street to work on his pull-ups. It was a special way to get a little more walking in, while making a significant difference in our community. I loved it, and joined him for a couple plocking workouts. Both times we over-filled our bags, but the neighborhood looks terrific.

It is unfortunate, to me, that we do tend to have to repeat routes every now and then, as trash gets littered throughout the side streets nearly every day. But this does give Chris and I an excuse every week or so to cut out the strenuous exercise programming, go for a walk, and keep our area nice and clean.

Conservation Easter Egg Hunt

Since the wonderful world of quarantine and social distancing, we haven’t done as much plocking as we’d like. Sometimes we see garbage on the side, and in days past, I’m pretty sure I would just pick it up. Not anymore.

But the trash isn’t going away. And even before coronavirus, Chris and I would always wear gloves to go plocking. One time, we found a bag with a FISH, a whole fish in it. Yeah, you need gloves. But if we want to be extra cautious, we can wear masks, too.

So, I have a handful of plastic bags I was not “allowed” to avoid (repeat mantra “I’m grateful they are open, and they are doing what they feel is best to keep their employees and customers safe”). And our neighborhood could use a good plocking.

So, this year, instead of an Easter Egg Hunt, Chris and I will be going on an Easter Plocking Hunt. What goodies will we discover? That’s the excitement of the Plock.

We also up our game of exercising while plocking by picking a particular piece of litter (say, plastic bottles), and do a quick set of exercises whenever we find that trash on our hunt. Sure, we may look silly to some people driving or walking by (safely 6 feet distance) and they see us randomly squatting, doing jumping jacks, or butt-kickers, but this is also why we work out together. It doesn’t phase us when we are BOTH doing the exercise.

So, join me this year on a conservation Easter “egg” hunt. Let’s clean up our communities, living green, and training positive.

Workout of the Day: Sandbag Stairway to Hell

Missing the gym because it’s closed? Or because we are social distancing, self-quarantined, or simply sheltering in place? Today may give you one small ray of hope that we can stay true to our commitment to stay healthy and exercise regularly, even at home. Many of our household items work super well in place of dumbbells, mats, or kettlebells. Read More “Workout of the Day: Sandbag Stairway to Hell”

ZooFit Workout of the Day- 1/28/20: Mobility at Home

When I was a zookeeper, I liked to pretend I was MacGyver when it came to enrichment for the animals. “This yogurt container will make excellent enrichment”. “Don’t throw away the toilet paper rolls, I want them for enrichment”. And my ultimate favorite “I wonder if thrown out old boat fender buoys would make appropriate toys for elephants”. Spoiler alert: They did! Read More “ZooFit Workout of the Day- 1/28/20: Mobility at Home”

ZooFit WOD- 10/1/19- Medicine Ball Pyramid

Before we go into the workout of the day, let me invite you to the challenge for the month. This will be an excellent warm-up for cool autumn days. I’m preparing everyone for my burpee-month (birthday, burpee, po-tae-to, po-tah-to), so this is an ideal exercise. Starting with one today, for the first of October, I challenge you to work your way up to 31 burpees a day. Each day in October, increase your rep count by one. So, 1 on the 1st, 2 on the 2nd, 3 on the 3rd, and so forth. Read More “ZooFit WOD- 10/1/19- Medicine Ball Pyramid”

Plastic-Free July Eco-Challenge, Day 13: Reuse, Recycle, Reduce Your Waist

Hey, I’m not too proud to promote my own work, especially when it aligns so well with Plastic Free July. One of my first projects I created when developing ZooFit was a homemade medicine ball. Taking an old basketball, worn and torn and headed to the landfill, I filled it with sand and breathed new life into it. Read More “Plastic-Free July Eco-Challenge, Day 13: Reuse, Recycle, Reduce Your Waist”

30 Days of ZooFit: 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. Read More “30 Days of ZooFit: Trash to Treasure”