Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Spreading Wellness: Have you ever spontaneously paused to admire nature's beauty?

"I wanna try!" "I wanna ski!" "What are those?" (pointing to the xc skis) The children were jumping about with excitement as I entered the Valley Youth Center (website link) last week on Friday. They saw me carrying 4 pair of xc skis. For 2+ hours I took students out to the field next to the Laura MacArthur Elementary school (which houses the Valley Youth Center) to provide short introductory lessons on the skis.

When I asked the students what they learned, the two most common answers were: it takes a long time to get good & it takes a lot of balance. Some of the students were naturals, and others needed to work quite hard to stay upright. But the comment I remember the best was not related to skiing specifically, it was a girl in upper elementary that stopped her group of 4 as they walked back to the school. She put her hands out and said, "Stop! Look at that moon!" Almost in a whisper, she continued, "Wait (as the clouds moved over it), it'll come back." She continued with a long pause until everyone looked and then stated something like, "that is beautiful, something you need to take in," and took a deep peaceful sigh. The girls were silent for a few moments. This was the last group for the evening, and it was the best way to end my time at the Valley Youth Center (FB link).
Photo by: Jodi L. Tervo Roberts, Owner of E3
www.e3twinports.com

This girl is a true leader. As the 4 girls were pausing with peacefulness, I paused with excitement and awe at the thought of taking these students to a real cross-country ski trail, in the woods, ending close to sunset. Because, I know that they appreciate the beauty of nature! These girls had just skied a couple of short laps around the field, and then played an energetic, fast paced, laughter filled game of freeze tag on skis. They had their heart rates up, released a bunch of energy, and then self-directed into a brief nature inspired meditation. WOW! This partnership with Valley Youth is going to be great! Of course, not all of the students had this same experience in the end, but with natural peer leaders like this and the programming I can provide, there will be a positive impact on the lives of these students. All that participate will be able to learn through experience how to regulate their energy (release it in a positive & productive way, and learn Yoga and the benefits of nature to calm themselves in times of need). The outdoor programming will empower the students with knowledge, tools, and skills to increase their confidence, improve their patience, overcome life obstacles, socially, emotionally, and academically. And, they will do this all through exercise outdoors. I will be able to introduce these young students to healthy lifestyle habits. I'll be able to teach them how to use this type of lifestyle to propel themselves forward in life. As I stated in a recent blog, the best time to start healthy lifestyle habits is at birth, and the second best time is now...the younger the better. And, it fills my heart with joy when I'm able to help people of all ages and abilities to lead healthy, happy and meaningful lives...to help people accomplish their goals...to help people create goals...to help people see, feel, and understand the power of movement outdoors, and how it can be completely integrated into their lifestyle in a way that can truly help them to reach their highest dreams, visions, and goals.

Now I ask you, have you ever spontaneously paused to admire nature's beauty?

I certainly have, and it was soooo inspiring to see a young person also spontaneously pause when seeing the gorgeous moon on Friday night.

If you would like to learn how I (E3) can help you, your family, your corporation, or your organization, please send me an email (info@e3twinports.com). I am stoked to meet with you. The consultation is free. And when you send me that email, please feel free to share with me, a time that you spontaneously paused to admire nature. :)

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Energy and Empowerment through Exercise
Owner, Jodi L. Tervo Roberts
Jodi L. Tervo Roberts, Owner
E3 Twin Ports, LLC
Helping people to lead healthy, happy, & meaningful lives, while promoting healthy lifestyles through outdoor recreation, fitness, and interactive educational presentations.

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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Spreading Wellness: Do you know your balance point?

Do you remember learning how to walk? Probably not, but you likely have watched a child learn how. You notice that they fall often, and always get back up. They are relentless in their learning. They are selfish in their tasks, because they are determined. During this process, children are learning the point at which they lose their balance, so that they can refine it, and stay within their base of support. Their joints are learning where they are in space. They are learning how to move in a world so new to them.

The same is true when we learn how to ride a bike, but we probably remember our own process. We likely recall the spills that we took, the skinned knees, and we probably remember a little hesitation of getting back on after we crashed and burned. But through this all, once again, we are learning where that balance point is.
Photo by: E3 Owner, Jodi Tervo Roberts
www.e3twinports.com

How does balance work? Here are the basics. You rely on 3 primary physiological tools for your balance. 1st, if you have vision, you probably rely a lot more on your vision than you would think. 2nd, your inner ear (vestibular system) helps your body know its position. 3rd, you have joint proprioceptors, which tell your joints and body where you are in space.

Over my career, I've probably given about 200 people my fitness assessment. This includes clients and college age students who take my physical education classes. My assessment includes balance, because when I worked as a PT Assistant in nursing homes, a large percentage of the people I was treating (both long-term residents and short-term rehab patients) could have prevented their PT needs through a daily habit of practicing balance. And, I vowed myself, if I ever started working in the field of prevention, I had to educate all of my clients and students about the importance of being mindful of healthy balance. Out of my roughly 200 fitness assessments, I recall only 2 people who have passed the balance test on their first attempt. Yes, the ages vary from 16-70+.

One of my tag-lines for E3 is to help people age youthfully. The best time to start this youthful aging process is from the time you are an infant...but in case you fell off that wagon, the second best time is now. It is never too late to begin your youthful aging habits, the best thing you can do is start. According to the CDC, 1/3 of people over the age of 65 fall every year. With winter in full swing, and icy driveways, parking lots, and roads, the risk of falling increases even more. The CDC also states that falls can cause broken bones, head injuries, and a fear of falling again (which also increases fall risk). 

My mantra is to help you create habits that can improve your balance, your vestibular system, and your joint proprioceptors. How can you do that? First of all, with any fitness endeavor, I believe it is a good habit to have an assessment done. This allows you to look back at concrete data to help you see your progress. Health improvements go far beyond the scale, and we need to credit ourselves, and celebrate our health successes to keep moving forward with habit formation. If we just watch the scale, we are likely to be disappointed, and lose internal motivation. There are fun recreational activities that naturally work on our balance such as dance, xc skiing, trail running, and rock climbing, but there are other simple activities you can do while brushing your teeth and washing the dishes.

Do you know when you lose your balance? I can say that this past weekend at the rock wall, I knew when my footing was going to give out. Sometimes I could readjust before it was too late, and other times, I had to rely on the belay to catch me. The important piece, is that a climber gets back and tries again. :) If you know your balance is an area of youthful aging that you need to work on, it is important to have a little bit of selfishness in you, so that you allow yourself the time to work on it...just like that little child. Think about this....your friends, family, and organizations that you are involved in would much rather you stay healthy and well, so you can help them now, rather than being held up later because of an injury that could have been prevented, if you'd only allowed yourself the time to invest in yourself and your own health.

If you would like to schedule a free wellness coaching consultation, feel free to send me an email (info@e3twinports.com). I look forward to meeting with you. For more information on wellness coaching packages, click on this link.

If you have stumbled upon this blog, and would like to be added to our list, simply email info@e3twinports.com, with "Blog Sign-up" in the subject line. I'll happily add to to our growing list of over 150 people. 

E3 Twin Ports, LLC
Energy and Empowerment through Exercise
Owner, Jodi L. Tervo Roberts
Jodi L. Tervo Roberts, Owner
E3 Twin Ports, LLC
Helping people to lead healthy, happy, & meaningful lives, while promoting healthy lifestyles through outdoor recreation, fitness, and interactive educational presentations.

Website: e3twinports.com
YouTube: Channel


LIVE HAPPY, DREAM BIG, SMILE, and PLAY OUTSIDE!

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Spreading Wellness: Have you ever experienced brain static?

Has your car ever acted up on you, and as soon as you brought it in the shop, it would not make the funny noise, or same problem that you have been having with it? Has your computer ever acted up, and as soon as you bring it to the "computer doctor" it runs just perfectly?

That is exactly what's been happening to me with my computer. As you know (if you regularly follow E3's Facebook page), I create at least 1 video on YouTube each week. Every Monday I release a Meditation Monday video. Sometimes hundreds of people see it, and sometimes a couple of dozen people. But, it seems to be a big hit. As with my blog, it is expected each week. My posts usually happen in the morning, between 7 and 8:00 a.m. Predictable and timely. That is what I want, because I think those are both key in building positive habits. Yes, I do my best to practice what I teach. :)

Hiking in the BWCAW is one way to be certain to get away
from technology, and to free the brain of static...
collecting happy moments. :)
Some things we simply expect to be reliable...like our car...and our computer. But, they are not always so. Yesterday morning, as I went to upload video to my movie maker software, the computer static returned. Ugh. I have at least 5 videos recorded and ready to create into meditations, and that is what I had planned for the morning. Get the first one done and published by 7:30 a.m., and then have a few others ready for the upcoming weeks. Usually, restarting works, if not, shutting down works. Yesterday, neither worked. So I called my "computer doctor" from DiscoverPC.NET, because, it wasn't working, and this time, he was going to hear what it was doing to help me solve this problem. However, he was busy, so I left him a message. In the mean time, about an hour+ delayed, I used an old meditation video on Facebook, with a message saying that I hoped to have a new one out by the afternoon, and I shut the computer. I stepped away, and "worked on" personal visioning for 2016. I took time to rest and restore, and let my mind wander into a dreamy place of 2016 visions. I didn't think about marketing, or business. A few hours later, "Computer Doctor, Tylor" called me back. Yay! I opened my computer to have him listen to the mysterious static over the phone, and once again, with his simple presence, no static! Oh boy. Good news, I was able to create my Meditation Monday video, even though it was late...and I used some very happy music - maybe a little too happy for a Meditation, but the music left me feeling joyous, and I thought, sometimes Meditations need to help us with that. So since it was an afternoon meditation, I went with it. :)

What does this have to do with health, wellness, and the outdoors...besides the nature based meditation videos? As I sat back and reflected upon this experience, the main take-home point for me, was sometimes we can ask all the experts what is right for us, what is wrong with us, what our hurdles are, how we can best solve our challenges, and sometimes, the best solution is to simply rest. Put everything aside. Turn off the technology. Let go of stress (as best as possible). Stop thinking about the problem, and focus on strengths and what fills us up. Sometimes, just like my computer's brain, we need to turn our brain off too. So it can recharge, and move forward with clarity and happiness. Freeing the brain of the static that has built up. Rick Hanson, PhD, wrote a very nice, short, and sweet article, "Rest, Unwind, Recharge" saying similar things. Most of us do not work in a field that saves lives in the immediate moment. So it is okay to shut down for a while, to take time for ourselves, and to clear away our brain static.

When coaching clients, using my fitness based wellness assessment, often obstacles will arise - obstacles that increase brain static - and sometimes (well, most of the time really) the best solution, the best wellness plan, includes time to recharge, to free the brain of static by taking a break. By encouraging the clients to take a walk in the woods on their 15 minute work break...to leave their phone behind...because, recharging our brain is one of the most important things we can do for our health. And usually, we as humans, need someone to give us permission to do so.

Please share with me, have you ever experienced brain static? How have you freed yourself from it? My computer experienced brain static yesterday, and my human brain certainly has as well. For me, I use meditation and movement in the forests to free my brain of static, and I love helping others to experience the benefits of nature as well.

To schedule your free consultation for wellness coaching, send me an email (info@e3twinports.com). We will meet at a local coffee shop to discuss your needs, and to determine if we will be a good fit for each other.

If you have stumbled upon this blog, and would like to be added to our list, simply email info@e3twinports.com, with "Blog Sign-up" in the subject line. I'll happily add to to our growing list of over 150 people. 

E3 Twin Ports, LLC
Energy and Empowerment through Exercise
Owner, Jodi L. Tervo Roberts
Jodi L. Tervo Roberts, Owner
E3 Twin Ports, LLC
Helping people to lead healthy, happy, & meaningful lives, while promoting healthy lifestyles through outdoor recreation, fitness, and interactive educational presentations.

Website: e3twinports.com
YouTube: Channel


LIVE HAPPY, DREAM BIG, SMILE, and PLAY OUTSIDE!




Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Spreading Wellness: How will you overcome the obstacles that you might encounter?

"When obstacles arise, you change your direction to reach your goal; you do not change your decision to get there." ~Zig Ziglar~

Have you ever created a New Years Resolution, and encountered so many obstacles that you gave up? Have you ever created a goal, and encountered obstacles, but adjusted your sails to accomplish it? Which one felt better? Perhaps, if you are like me, you sometimes go back to the goal that you gave up on at a different time, with a new outlook, and a new plan, with success. Sometimes, we simply need a little break, to step back and re-observe how to accomplish the outcome that you desired.

With a new year starting, we often hear a lot of conversation around "resolutions" and "goals." Being in the field of work that I am, I often hear feedback such as, "I don't make New Year's Resolutions, no one keeps them anyway." And, "Why would I wait until New Year's to make a change?" Those are both valid points, and perhaps what works for some. But others might need to feel like they have a clean slate, to try again, with a new plan. And New Year's is a great time to feel completely free of old obstacles. It creates a buzz of planning, and possibly more social support. For some, we need to feed off of the positive energy of others who are also implementing plans to accomplish their goals. We need colleagues and friends to talk with (social support) about our obstacles and how to change our paths to jump or scurry around the challenges we face.

Have you ever heard the phrase, "A goal without a plan is just a dream?" This is fitting here. Goals really do need solid plans to implement them. You also need to foresee challenges that you will face to accomplish that goal, and create options for overcoming the challenges during your goal planning phase. There are certainly unforeseen obstacles/challenges that will pop up, but if you have created a plan to overcome some foreseen challenges, then it will be easier to overcome the unforeseen ones as they arise.

Once you have the plan in place, social support to help you get there, and a mindset to reach that goal, you are likely to reach it. Remember that you need to set realistic goals, with realistic timelines. You need to feel small successes so that you can keep moving toward the big goal, which provides you with that internal motivation to keep going. In E3's wellness coaching sessions, I help you to write out realistic plans, and foresee the obstacles that might come your way. Then I help you to reach those goals. Sometimes, external motivation helps clients to feel more accountable for their goals, and that is why I'm here as a coach for you.

For me, this New Year is bringing changes to E3. E3 will focus this winter on Yoga at the Fairlawn, Individual Wellness Coaching, and increasing involvement with Corporate Wellness. I am adjusting my sails, and I know that the group outdoor programs with group education/coaching may resurface, but for now, there simply isn't enough interest. Perhaps it is the cold weather, perhaps it feels intimidating to explore the local wilderness with strangers, but whatever it is, I cannot pin-point, and therefore, I am altering my course for my goal of becoming a successful business owner. Yoga has 8 people who have registered. There are still a few spots available, and feedback has been very positive. So I'm going to move forward and pour energy into the successes that E3 has had. :) Wellness Coaching is always an option. One of my strengths is to work with people who are just getting started, and I've had positive feedback from clients. You do not need to work out in a gym to be healthy, there are many ways to create lifestyle habits that will benefit your health, and I'm here to help you with them.

So I ask you, How will you overcome the obstacles that you might encounter when pursuing your New Year's Resolutions? Do you have a plan in place to reach your goal? And, how have you overcome challenges that you faced in the past? These are all important questions to ponder when creating your new goals. Best wishes, and have fun! The feeling of success awaits! :)

To schedule your free consultation for wellness coaching, send me an email (info@e3twinports.com). We will meet at a local coffee shop to discuss your needs, and to determine if we will be a good fit for each other.

If you have stumbled upon this blog, and would like to be added to our list, simply email info@e3twinports.com, with "Blog Sign-up" in the subject line. I'll happily add to to our growing list of over 145 people. 

E3 Twin Ports, LLC
Energy and Empowerment through Exercise
Owner, Jodi L. Tervo Roberts
Jodi L. Tervo Roberts, Owner
E3 Twin Ports, LLC
Helping people to lead healthy, happy, & meaningful lives, while promoting healthy lifestyles through outdoor recreation, fitness, and interactive educational presentations.

Website: e3twinports.com
YouTube: Channel


LIVE HAPPY, DREAM BIG, SMILE, and PLAY OUTSIDE!