5 Ways to Green Your Fitness

April is only a few days away, which signals that Spring is really here! It's also the month that we celebrate Earth Day - a globally recognized day of eco-activism and environmental awareness. I say, let's get ahead of the game by celebrating Earth Day today and every day. Here are some easy ways to green your fitness. By simply tweaking your daily habits just a bit, you'll be doing your part to reduce, recycle, and reuse. And all the while, you'll still be getting in the best shape of your life!

  1. Do Outside What You'd Do in a Gym - Skip the treadmill, stair climber, or stationary bike for time outside on the real deal! By doing so, you save money, reduce your consumption of energy and materials, and cut back on transportation usage and costs. You also get the benefits of sunshine and fresh air!
  2. Borrow Fitness DVDs and Equipment - If exercising outside isn't your thing, opt for a home workout. But instead of spending money on more fitness DVDs, rent them from the library or borrow them from friends. If you are a cable subscriber, make use of your On Demand exercise channel. All of this helps cut down on waste.
  3. Walk, Bike, or Carpool to the Gym - However, if you're a gym rat try cutting down on the amount of gas you use to get there. Join a gym near your work or home so you can walk or bike there. If you must drive, try organizing a carpool with friends or fitness buddies. When you do get there, do things that aren't powered by electricity like lifting weights, fitness classes or mat and exercise ball workouts.
  4. Buy Eco-Friendly Gear - When you do buy gear look for products that are made with recycled and/or sustainable materials like the Brooks Green Silence sneakers, E.C.O. yoga mat, and Fila's green line. And always, always, always carry a reusable bottle for your water, tea, or sports drinks. Plastic water bottles account for billions of pounds of waste every year, and can take hundreds of years to decompose.
  5. Recycle That Old Gear - Even though your gear is eco-friendly, it's still going to get old. But what's trash to you may seem new to someone else so donate old gear to Goodwill or charity. If your gear really is beyond its time recycle old mats, shoes, and clothing so they can be turned into usable materials.

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