For some, exercise can be a great way to relief stress and get into shape. For others, exercise must be avoided at all costs. Whichever way you look at it, fitness is an essential part of our lives and ultimately affects not only us, but our environment, too. Throughout the world, there is a growing movement of runners who utilize exercise as not only a means of getting to a destination, but also as an advocate for change. Many individuals believe that the environment around us is the contributing factor to why people enjoy outdoor activities. It is important to realize that in order to enjoy the beauty nature has to offer; we must respect it and treat it as our own so others can enjoy its beauty, too.
A great way to incorporate eco friendly fitness into your life is through eco-running. This can include picking up trash while you are on a run, or bringing your own reusable water bottle along with you. You may also want to consider bringing a biodegradable bag while running outside, so when you see garbage lying on the ground, you can easily pick it up and dispose of it later. Eco-running is only one aspect of living a green lifestyle. It not only contributes to decreasing car emissions, but also acts as another mode of transportation. Running can be done just for yourself, while eco-running helps the entire community. This gives you an opportunity to give back to the planet, and helps set a good example to others.
To get better at eco-exercising, sometimes all you need is the motivation. Try encouraging friends and family to engage in any eco-friendly activity, whether it is eco-skateboarding, or eco-cycling. Sometimes attaching the word “eco” to any activity can be a great way of staying conscientious about your environment. Implement this tool into your daily life to set an example to those around you. Just remember to do what you can so that you don’t get burnt out on being earth-friendly. You do not have to dedicate every activity to picking up trash. Just set aside one activity per week that will be devoted to an eco-friendly task.
Maybe on your next eco-activity, try wearing green gear. Although planet-friendly activities do no require any special equipment, it would be in the planets best interest to try wearing sustainable fabrics, like hemp. Remember to recycle any old clothing, or shoes to further along your eco-friendly fitness. The most eco-friendly choice you can make is to continue to wear the clothing you have instead of buying new clothes.
When planning to exercise, try considering your transportation. Are you driving your gas-guzzling SUV to the gym, or park? Is the bike trail close enough to just simply ride your bike? Maybe consider carpooling with a friend for your weekly gym workout. This will help save money on gas and would be better for the environment. Also, try looking up the routes for your public busses. You may find there is one close to where you want to go. Anything to decrease your carbon footprint will help you stay eco-friendly and fit.
Sometimes staying eco-fit is just about making wise decisions. In today’s world, many companies offer great alternative products that will help you make eco-friendly decisions. Do a little research to help you find out which recreational equipment is helping the environment whether from snowboards to bikes. Making small steps towards helping your environment is well worth it, while you get in shape at the same time.