Exercise is important to your health for multiple reasons, so finding the time and energy to work out is important for your overall health. However, if you are also concerned about living as green as possible, you may be interested in making some Eco-friendly changes to your workout. It’s easy to do if you know what to watch out for, as many companies specialize in making Eco-friendly workout clothing, water bottles, sneakers and even equipment. Here are some ways to green up your workout so you can feel great about your health and do good for the environment.
It may not seem like working out can have an impact on the environment, but it really all depends on how you work out. Did you know that 30 minutes on the treadmill takes .75 kilowatt hours and gives off two pounds of CO2? That same thirty minutes outside would use zero kilowatt hours, plus running or walking on natural surfaces can often provide a better workout. If you are still a treadmill or equipment devotee, there are greener alternatives, such as the energy generating Team Dynamo and Spin Bikes at Portland’s Green Microgym. Using either of these two pieces of equipment actually generates 350 watts of continuous power!
Aside from workout equipment, workout gear is where we tend to spend the most green, but how green are the items we buy? Do you use a disposable plastic water bottle for each workout? It may seem convenient, but those bottles clog up our landfills and consume resources to make. A much greener alternative would be to purchase a reusable drink container. Make sure you look for one that is either stainless steel or made of BPA-free plastic, as these are the safest materials for your health and the health of the environment. Companies making these Eco-friendly bottle alternatives include Klean Kanteen, Nalgene and Sigg.
Are you crazy for workout gear? There’s nothing better than working out in your favorite workout pants, or that lightweight shirt that keeps the moisture away, but there are companies that are making clothing featuring the same benefits that are also better for the environment. Many companies make clothing from organic cotton, which is better for the environment and often better for your skin, too, as it is made without pesticides. Other sports gear makers use innovative methods to turn plastic bottles, used coffee grounds and recycled polyester into workout pants, tops and even sneakers. As the demand for such items increases, the ease of shopping for them both in retail outlets and online is increasing as well.
It’s easy to make your workout a little greener with just a few simple adjustments to where you work out and the equipment and gear you use. Next time, find out how technology can enhance your workout and help you create the best exercise routine for you and the environment!
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