There are two things that you know for sure: You want to get yourself into shape and you love doing all that you can for the environment. What you’re not so sure about is if there is a way to possibly merge the two things together. The good news is that there is; several of them, actually.
If you’re looking for some eco-friendly health and fitness tips and you’re new to the concept of merging the two together, check out these cool ideas that will leave both you and the environment in good shape.
Workout outdoors. A lot of times, when people think about getting their body into great physical condition, they think about going to a gym. But here’s the thing: Gyms use up a lot of energy from the exercise equipment that they have to the lighting that stays on all hours of the night. Why not consider working outside, instead? You’ll be able to enjoy natural lighting, fresh air and chances are, you’ll be using items that are battery-operated rather than something that needs to be plugged in; a great way to reduce energy use.
Wear the right gear. Did you know that cotton is becoming less and less of “the fabric of our lives” when it comes to those who are knowledgeable about what different fabrics do to the environment? A big part of this reason is because a lot of water is needed to make wearable cotton. As a matter of fact, reportedly, it takes a few hundred gallons of H2O just to produce one T-shirt. The “new cotton” is bamboo because it’s softer and is even more effective in keeping harmful bacteria away from our skin. However, with whatever it is that you choose to use, make sure that it’s made by renewable products and if it is cotton or wool, that it’s organic.
Clean up naturally. Whether it’s what you wash your workout gear in or what you shower with following your exercise regimen, a great way to support the environment is by cleaning up with homemade products. For instance, did you know that ½ cup of distilled white vinegar is a great fabric softener substitute; that one cup of washing soda, ½ cup of Borax and one bar of soap can wash an entire load of laundry or that a bar of soap combined with a teaspoon of espresso, milk and 10 drops of coffee-scented oil will create a coffee ‘n cream washing bar? You can even make your own hand sanitizer by combining a half/half mixture of rubbing alcohol and aloe vera. By learning how to make cleaning ingredients from home, not only does it keep your body from harsh chemicals, but it’s also a good way to save some extra dollars too.
Take a multi-vitamin. Some people are concerned about getting temporary health insurance, not so much as a preventative measure, but because they know they’re not taking good care of themselves. We all need to eat right, exercise and get 6-8 hours of sleep. However, in order to make up for some of the vitamins and minerals that some of our meals may have missed, it’s always a good idea to add a multi-vitamin into the daily routine. And what does this have to do with being eco-friendly? Well, this is where focusing on the packaging comes in. Unfortunately, a large majority of multi-vitamins are made from non-recyclable plastic. So, in order to do your part, opt for purchasing some that come in glass bottles, instead.
Drink water. Yeah, this one probably seems pretty obvious because as most of us already know, our bodies are made up of mostly water. So in drinking it, we keep toxins from storing up into our systems, which keeps our bodies regulated, aids in purifying the blood and helps to keep our skin blemish-free. However, there is a “go green” twist to it too. By using a recycled water bottle and pouring tap water (that came from a faucet with a filter on it), you help to keep the enormous amount of plastic that is used annually in when people purchase bottled water down. And that’s always a really good thing for everyone.