Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Spreading Wellness: Do you know how children best learn behaviors?

Are you a teacher? Parent? Grandparent? Aunt? Uncle? Neighbor of young children? Or, do you in any way, have children in your life?

Over the past few months, a few different people have approached me about working with kids. I absolutely LOVE working with kids! :) Teaching healthy lifestyle habits to children is the best time to help them create lifelong healthy habits. :) Often the conversation begins something like this, "How do you get kids to enjoy nature?" "How do you get kids to eat fruits and vegetables?"

I encourage you to ask yourself, "Do you know how children best learn behaviors?"

If you guessed by mimicking adult behavior, then you guessed correctly. Think about it. When you see little children play, their actions and play are usually learned from those around them. You know what is going on in their life, by watching them play. So why would it be any different when it comes to teaching them healthy lifestyles? Playing outside? Eating healthy? Drinking water?

The fact is, there is no difference. If you want to teach a child how to enjoy nature, then, they need to experience nature. If you want a child to learn how to love fruits and vegetables, then they need to experience eating fruits and vegetables. And, to make these habits last, they need a positive role model in their life, who is enjoying nature and eating fruits and vegetables....and I'd even go as far as saying, that positive role model needs to present the "new, fun, exciting" activity in an excited fashion, and the kids will pick up on that too! And yes, I truly believe that it can help that activity to stick in their memory more positively.

When people approach me with questions about healthy eating and lifestyles for children, my answer is usually similar, depending upon the spin of the questions...Children need to experience a variety of activities in nature, with a positive role model, who presents it in an exciting and adventurous way. And in regards to eating fruits and vegetables - help them plant a garden. If they grow it, they typically will eat it. That is not always the case, but plant a variety, and they will find the fruits and vegetables that they like.

The sum of this entire discussion boils down to - positive role modeling. The science is out there - kids who eat fruits and vegetables, and kids who play outside have many health advantages that will live with them a life-time. E3 has a Pinterest board with articles about parenting, and helping kids to flourish. Please feel free to check it out, and follow it, if you are on Pinterest. And if you would like help with the kids in your life, please contact me (info@e3twinports.com), I'd be super excited to help you and your family/group/school/organization.

So now I ask you, Do you know how children best learn behaviors? By now you should know, that it typically takes a positive role model in their life. And although I don't want you to get discouraged by this next question, because sometimes the best role models, model positive change, I do encourage you to look within, and ask yourself, Am I a positive role model for the kids in my life? If so, yay! If not, this is a great time to begin making small positive changes, and talk to the kids in your life about the changes you are making and why. :)

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Energy and Empowerment through Exercise (education and meditation outdoors)
Owner, Jodi L. Tervo Roberts, MS, CSCS, WFR, Yoga Instructor

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E3 Twin Ports, LLC
Helping people to lead healthy, happy, & meaningful lives, while promoting healthy lifestyles through outdoor recreation, fitness, yoga, individual wellness coaching, and interactive educational presentations.

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Spreading Wellness: Do you meditate?

The sun was beginning to set. There was a deep red glow off in the distance, the waters were like glass, reflecting the beautiful trees, rocks and grasses. It was time for an evening swim, so we headed to the canoe landing to see if there would be a nice place to wade in. As we rounded the corner down the stairs, chattering about who knows what, I looked up and startled. For just across the little inlet, standing in the water munching away was a big moose (cow). Standing on the shore was a little nervous looking calf. We all stopped, watched, and then I turned around and headed back for our campsite to get my camera, while Daddy and his little one sat down on the stairs to watch the moose. She was giddy, with an excited and hushed voice she said, "this is a memory that I will always remember!" When I returned, the moose was still there. As I sat and watched, listening to the chewing of the moose, I tried to take a video and picture, but the moose stood in the shadows, so the pictures didn't turn out very well. Well enough for our photo book, with a caption to remind us what we did for 15-20 minutes that night, but not well enough to share. So instead, I sat, listened, and watched as well. A live meditation, in nature.

Do you meditate? If so, how often? If not, why? Is it because you have never considered it?, you don't know how?, you don't think you can sit still for any length of time?, you can't quiet your mind?, you don't understand why it helps with health and well-being?

If these are questions that you have asked yourself, but then never found the answer, this post is for you. Over the past few months, quite a few people have asked me to share more about meditation. There is an abundance of research coming out on the health benefits of meditation and slowing down. Our lives have become so busy, we get pulled into the work harder, longer, faster mind-set. Productivity is on the forefront of work-place initiatives, so people get sucked into the thinking that if you take a break, you are not being productive. And, what the science is showing us, is that when we slow down, we can actually increase productivity. When we take breaks, go for walks, and yes, even meditate for 5 minutes, we can think more clearly, and yes, improve productivity. If you would like to read more about the science of slowing down, Emma Seppala has written a really solid science backed book on happiness, called The Happiness Track

I have given 3 presentations on the health benefits of nature this spring, and one of the experiments for participants to do is watch a series of nature pictures. Identify the emotion that each picture provides for them, and then we have a discussion about what they felt. Here is a super short example, which I posted onto my YouTube channel. After a lengthy picture slideshow experiment, one participant said she learned that she needs to add flowers to her cubicle. YAY! For her, it brought her a calming feeling. The point is, meditation doesn't have to be sitting on a meditation pillow, with a spiritual leader in the front of the room, eyes closed for hours and days. We can fit small bits of meditation into our every day lives, it can look different for different people, and it can have positive physiological changes in our bodies and brains. You can watch E3's Meditation Monday videos while in your cubicle (my channel is filled with options). Maybe you want to create a slideshow of your favorite nature pictures, and play that. But, what I encourage most, is actually to get outside in nature. Take one of your breaks (YES, Your boss should encourage them), and get outside, pause and slow down for even 5 minutes. Maybe you would rather take a 15 minute walk in the woods, or along Lake Superior. Or maybe, you don't have that luxury, so you walk around your block and find what nature is in your area. Breathe in deeply, the fresh air, the smell of the damp woods, spring flowers, or freshly cut grass, depending upon where you are. Then when you return to your work, you will feel refreshed. Try it, and share with me your results. 

Lastly, this post was geared toward adults, but I truly believe that we adults have a responsibility to teach this skill to our children, nieces, nephews, grandchildren, students, etc. All healthy lifestyle habits are easiest to embrace for a lifetime when we learn them young. Healthy eating, active lifestyle, meditation, playing outside, socializing, and more. So if you have kids in your life, please consider sharing this knowledge with them. You can do this subtly, so they don't even realize what they are learning. The best teacher is leading by example and experience, so take them with you on a walk in the woods. Pause and watch nature. Truth may be that the kids will teach you how to slow down, point out bugs you never would have noticed, or ask you about sounds they hear. Believe me, you will all feel refreshed after the experience together. And who knows, maybe you will run into a lifelong memorable moment and bonding like we did out at Iron Lake this past Father's Day weekend. 

So now I ask you, do you meditate? Why or why not? If not, will you try one of the experiments or examples shared today?

And because it was Father's Day this past weekend, and this blog started with a story about Daddy and daughter, I have to ask. Do you have a lifetime nature memory that you shared with your Dad as a child? Happy Father's Day to all Dad's out there! 

And for those business owners/leaders. Do you have an organization that would be interested in learning how to bring nature and meditation into your work place?

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 you to to our growing list of people. 

E3 Twin Ports, LLC
Energy and Empowerment through Exercise (education and meditation outdoors)
Owner, Jodi L. Tervo Roberts, MS, CSCS, WFR, Yoga Instructor

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, yoga, individual wellness coaching, and interactive educational presentations.

Website: e3twinports.com
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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Spreading Wellness: Are you that busy person that everyone goes to? How do you make time for yourself?

"If you want something done, ask a busy person." ~Unknown~

Are you that person? That person that everyone asks to do something for them? I have a few things to say to you. First of all, congratulations! For, you clearly have mastered the skills of time management. Second, do you make time for yourself? Or, are you always taking care of everyone else? Third, Do you make quality time for your family and friends? Remember social well-being is one of the key components to a healthy and happy life. Finally, what time of day do you work-out? (If you don't exercise, why not?)
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Have you ever heard yourself say, "I'm too busy to _______." (go for a walk, read a book, bike, play with my kids, cook a healthy meal, scrub the floors, etc.) I encourage you to pause if you hear yourself saying this. Pause and ask yourself, "What am I too busy doing?" Then, stay with this thought and ask yourself about your priorities in life. Maybe you seriously ARE too busy...but maybe, you aren't too busy after considering what really matters to you. If you simply are too busy to go for a walk at lunch or after work (maybe we should talk), but have you considered getting your walk in at the beginning of the day? Before anything else can come up?

I've heard people say, "but I'm not a morning person." Maybe this is true, but getting exercise in before you start your to-do list for the day has many benefits, with the biggest one being, you no longer have an excuse for not doing it. Look at it as adding 30 minutes to your day. Wake up 30 minutes earlier and get out for that walk. Other benefits include improved productivity, building resilience skills, and positivity. Of course you can gain these benefits by working out at any time of day, but it comes down to the simple challenge of interruptions. Get out early and set aside your technology, email, and your phone. Yes, this means, get in the habit of your morning physical activity, before your check your electronic devices. Some people call this their sacred time, a time for themselves. No matter what you call it, I urge you to try it, especially if you are one of those people that are challenged regularly with interruptions in "your time." Maybe, you have a friend or family member that you can get this morning fitness routine in with. It will help to keep you accountable, and it fosters the social component of well-being. Sometimes, busy people have shared with me that it is hard to not check their email and to-do list in the morning, if this sounds like you, it might be easier to set aside technology if you have someone else depending upon you to meet up for a bike, walk, jog, or at the gym.

Now I ask you, Are you that busy person that everyone goes to? And, How do you fit in time for yourself? If you are struggling with finding the time, I ask you, what changes will you make to your routine, so you can stay healthy and well? Remember, if you struggle with taking time for yourself, in the long run, you can give much more than yourself if you invest in your personal health and well-being, because a healthy and happy you, helps you to give more.

As for me, I wake up early, and I have work-out buddies to help keep me accountable. Please share with me how you fit exercise in. I do enjoy hearing from my readers and followers.

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E3 Twin Ports, LLC
Energy and Empowerment through Exercise (education and meditation outdoors)
Owner, Jodi L. Tervo Roberts, MS, CSCS, WFR, Yoga Instructor

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, yoga, individual wellness coaching, and interactive educational presentations.

Website: e3twinports.com
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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Spreading Wellness: What experience have you had that has helped your heart grow?

"The greatest glory in living, lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall." ~Nelson Mandela~

This spring has dragged on, with cloudy skies, and rain. But in there, a few sunny, and some extremely hot days. I start planting seeds for our garden early, and they sit on shelves by the patio door, seeking as much warmth and sunshine as they can get before being transplanted into the garden. One spring day, I set them outside to start to acclimate to the outdoors, and I left for meetings. When I returned home on this 90+ degree day, the plants were sad, droopy, and visually crying for help. Eek! The sun and warmth had dried them up. Quickly I brought them into the house and watered them. Within hours, they were standing tall and proud, visually thanking me for taking care of them. When I first saw the plants reviving, the first word that came to mind was resilience. Yes, a word defined as a challenging task for humans, but with proper care, something so easy for nature.
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We can learn lessons about resilience from the food we grow.

This morning, resilience once again came to mind, because I spent almost 2 hours trying to create a summer well-being survey for you all to take. However, the program I've used in the past has changed, and I can't seem to figure out how to correctly score the new program. I took my own quiz, knowing I selected all of the "Correct" answers, but it tells me I scored 0% Correct. Eek. In a survey a while back, I had asked what you wanted to read about. Pictures, quizzes, strength training, and more in depth tips were some of the requests. With some schools finished, and a few finishing up this week, I thought it was a perfect time to create another quiz for you the readers. But instead, I was taught a lesson on resilience, and the blog had to change...and on my "To-Do" list is to find a new quiz maker tool.

Child Neuro Psychologist Sam Goldstein gave a Ted presentation a few years ago on resilience, and one of his statements really resonated with me. One of the children he was working with had one hero - Dad. Sam went on to explain the connection between heart and mind being our most powerful quality. I interpreted his talk from a very personal experience, and went on to think how one person can truly impact experiences in life that can help lead us to success. I remembered this talk, and related it to the plants that I watered. The direct connection between their heart (roots) being watered by me, going directly to their brain, the flowers above ground. The one thing that helped them survive, was a heart felt connection between human heart and roots heart...and, re-listening to the talk by Sam, I reminded myself, that human to human heartfelt connections are truly a key to growth.

And as for today's blog, well, I believe that the changing of the quiz maker tool was meant to be. For perhaps, this once, I needed to share a story about resilience, for myself, and maybe others who needed to be reminded (or introduced), to the idea that Sam shares, the connection between heart and brain being our most powerful connection for personal growth. And maybe it is that connection, that helps us to rise up, every time we fall. For sometimes, our biggest lessons in life, the experiences that truly make a difference in life, happen when we have fallen. When things have not gone the way that we wanted them to. Maybe that is the time that our biggest personal growth happens. Maybe this is the time when we seek the help we need - whether that be personal wellness coaching, counseling, friendships, reaching out in some way through the heart - anything that helps us to move forward in a positive direction, using a growth mindset.

So now I ask you, What experience have you had that has helped your heart grow?

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 155 people. 

E3 Twin Ports, LLC
Energy and Empowerment through Exercise (education and meditation outdoors)
Owner, Jodi L. Tervo Roberts, MS, CSCS, WFR, Yoga Instructor

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, yoga, individual wellness coaching, and interactive educational presentations.

Website: e3twinports.com
YouTube: Channel



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