Today was an incredible day. I was able to visit what I consider my sacred space twice in one week. And the experience was just as amazing as last time, and the time before that, and the time before that. I refer to this spot as my sacred space because it calls out to me, and I feel more connected while I am there, which is a pillar of ZooFit. And it completes my positive feedback loop for living green and training positive.
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.
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.
At ZooFit, we don’t just celebrate Earth DAY, we celebrate the earth all month long. (Remind me to share with all of you my Earth and Ocean Month presentations I have online…) In honor of a whole month challenging ourselves to do our part to care for the planet, this month’s workouts are all Conservation Hero WODs. Read More “ZooFit Earth Month Workout: Conservation Hero WOD “Lawrence Anthony””
November 10-16 is Orangutan Caring Week, a whole week dedicated to the gentle giants of the Asian rainforests. Orangutans deserve a whole week, as their numbers are plummeting more each year. Read More “ZooFit Workout- November 12: Orangutan Care and Awareness Week”
I created the Conservation Hero WODs as a way to pay tribute to friends and mentors in the field of conservation. One of those friends and mentors was Roz Sealy, from Woodland Park Zoo. Read More “ZooFit Workout of the Day (9/12/19): Conservation Hero- Roz Sealy”
Plastic-Free July is almost over. One more day. This is a perfect opportunity to re-evaluate your life practices this month. If you did the Plastic-Awareness evaluation in the beginning, try it again and see if your plastic waste has declined.
After an event I hosted earlier this month, an attendee mentioned she didn’t feel she did enough. She listed all the things her family does to eliminate waste, especially plastic. It was a very impressive list. And this lady thought she wasn’t doing enough. Read More “Plastic-Free July Eco-Challenge, Day 24: Reward Thyself”
I spent the better part of two months going into detail how to incorporate positive reinforcement training into your fitness routine. The writing went so well for me, I decided to compile the posts to create a short book. Read More “Conservation as Reinforcement”
This week I’m testing out my paleo menu plan for Conservation Fitness Head Start (still not sure if I’ll keep the name or not). When most people think of Paleo, they think of simply eating like a caveman. Eating natural foods, unprocessed, whole foods. They think of eliminating grains, and sugar, and dairy. It’s all about eating healthy.
But living the Paleo lifestyle isn’t just about food. Think of WHY cavemen ate what they did. They ate a diet which fueled their lifestyle. Humans are a very athletic species. Maybe you think I’m crazy, or maybe you feel that is the most obvious statement in the history of mankind. Read More “Conservation Fitness Program, Day 18: Paleo Exercise”
If anyone tells you a vegetarian diet is not versatile enough to satisfy every taste, that person has never tried sweet potatoes. Not all that long ago, I used to think sweet potatoes were for Thanksgiving and that’s about it. But now, I think they are as limitless as pizza toppings. Read More “Conservation Fitness Program Day 3- The Versatile Sweet Potato”