Did you know there are quite a few ways you can go green when you’re exercising? Here, Brian Lewis from Powerhouse Fitness takes a closer look at five of the best ways you can help out the environment when improving your fitness.
If you’re looking to improve your fitness for a better you, there’s a good chance you’ve thought about other ways that you can live a better lifestyle.
One issue that many people are getting on board with is the need to adopt greener habits and help to save the environment. From the huge amount of plastic clogging up our oceans to increasing amounts of food waste, there are many pressing issues to consider, but it’s important to know you can help no matter how small your efforts.
With this in mind, I’ve come up with five ways that you can combine your fitness and environmental efforts into an eco-friendly fitness regime. Read on to find out more.
Unplug your treadmill and head outside
Instead of running up an electricity bill with a treadmill or other mains-powered exercise gear, you should consider heading outside and getting your cardio done in the great outdoors.
Though it might take a while to get used to running on a harder surface, it’s definitely worth it, as the hills, turns, and terrain will work more of your muscle groups. So, not only will you be using less electricity, but you’ll also be getting a much more vigorous workout as well.
Squeeze in an eco-friendly workout on your commute
Do you lead a busy working life? Well, you can still squeeze in a good amount of exercise by switching to a zero-carbon commute that will get your blood pumping. Running or biking to and from work are both great ways to top up your fitness levels without impacting the environment. And, many modern office complexes now have facilities that allow you to refresh yourself before working.
If you aren’t quite at the stage where this is a realistic option, consider walking to work instead, which will still help to keep you in shape. Even if you live quite a distance away, simply getting off the bus or the train a few stops earlier can be enough to give you a daily fitness boost.
Change from throwaway plastics to a reusable water bottle
Every day in the UK, we fail to recycle around 16 million plastic water bottles (RecycleNow), a huge portion of which will be buried in a landfill to contaminate the environment.
So, instead of rehydrating with a bottle of water you’ve bought from a shop or a vending machine, make the change and use your own reusable water bottle. There are plenty of nice refillable bottles to choose from, many of which are totally BPA-free and secure enough to throw in your gym bag.
Buy fitness wear from ethical brands
As a vegan, you probably already make careful buying decisions with the clothes that you buy. This puts you at an advantage when it comes to shopping for ethical active wear, as many vegan sports brands, such as Vegan Athletic Apparel and Bamboo Clothing, also practice sustainable manufacturing, which makes them a great choice for your green workout gear. The best brands will be completely transparent about the way that they make their garments, so be sure to do your research before buying from somewhere new.
Combine your exercise with a worthy cause
If you’re looking to make a big impact with your green fitness regime, you should consider matching it up with a worthy environmental cause. For example, you could sign up for a long-distance run or cross-country cycle in the name of your favoured eco-charity to raise both funds and awareness. This will also give you a goal to focus on, making it much easier to motivate yourself.
Another great way to combine an eco-friendly cause with your workout is to dive into the latest lifestyle trend to come out of Sweden: plogging. The idea behind this activity is that you go out for a jog, but also partake in some litter picking along the way, which is where the unusual name comes from. There’s no special art to this activity, so if you and your friends are looking for something worthwhile to do on your next workout, consider going for a plog.
From exercising in the great outdoors to buying the right workout clothes, if you take my five tips on board and you will be able to get fit and go green at the same time.