When people think of going green, they don’t usually think that their workouts can be incorporated into that. You might not realize that you’re doing anything wrong. Surprisingly, there is a lot that can be done on the workout front to make less of an impact on the world.
If you enjoy working out a lot, it’s safe to say that you’re probably a pretty health conscious person. Health conscious people can tend to also be environmentally conscious. Because of this, the idea of going green in your workout life should be exciting. Are you ready to find out what you can do to not only better yourself, but better the world? Start here:
Ditch the Plastic Water Bottles
Plastic water bottles are absolutely horrendous for the environment. Not only do they take an astronomical amount of oil to create, they are also responsible for a large amount of waste in the world. Only 1 in 5 plastic water bottles are recycled. This contributes to the 3 billion pounds of plastic waste that is found every year.
You shouldn’t reuse the bottles because it’s been proven that the bottles don’t hold up well and plastic will literally leach into your water and poison you from the inside out. Just because the bottles don’t hold up well doesn’t mean they biodegrade. They don’t. If they do decompose, it’s only to put the chemicals into the ground and once again, into your water supply.
Just get in the habit of refilling your own super sturdy and handy water container. Camelbaks are nifty, and you don’t even have to take off a lid to drink.
Take to A Trail
You might be tempted to go to the gym and hop on a treadmill or an elliptical, but that’s not always the best option. If you have the ability to take to an outside running trail, why not do it? You’re not only saving yourself the money on the gym membership, you’re also conserving electricity on so many levels and you’re not encouraging companies to use more plastic to make machines that definitely don’t biodegrade.
Get yourself a tool to track your distance, heart rate and calories burned and you’ll have no excuse to pick a gym over a trail or a beach ever again.
Whether you decide to go to the gym or workout at home, chances are, you’re going to have a little cleaning up to do. Whether that’s to wipe down your equipment, clean your clothes, or clean yourself, always go with the natural products. Stick to vinegar and baking soda and you’ll have effectively saved two birds by not throwing a stone in the process.
Green living can be easy. You’ve just been so accustomed to taking the things that are handed to you as the way they have to be. Continue to evaluate the effect you have on the environment in other ways than your workouts. You’ll be happy you did.