Green Health and Fitness Tips

Attending to your health and fitness needs can be a difficult undertaking, especially if you’ve never really worried about it in the past. There’s definitely a learning curve associated with adopting healthy eating habits and working an exercise regimen into your daily routine. You’ll have a lot of frustrations and setbacks to contend with throughout the process and it’s all too easy to lose motivation and return to your old ways, even if you have health reasons for wanting to make a change. But the process can be even harder when you bring green sensibilities into the equation.

Luckily, the market for eco-friendly products that suit the active lifestyle has expanded in recent years, so that there are now many options to help you see to your health and fitness needs without doing more harm to the environment. You can start by choosing organic clothing options for your workout gear, and you might be surprised to find that some come with the same options as the regular fare (wick-away features and so on), but sans the chemicals, waste, and pollution that normally accompany textiles. You may also want to opt for a shoe brand that embraces eco-friendly practices, such as Nike, which offers their Reuse-a-Shoe recycling program to turn your old trainers into playground turf (amongst other things).

When it comes to equipment, you might be at something of a loss as to how to proceed, but even here there are green options. You’ll have no trouble finding items like yoga mats and Pilates balls that are made from recycled or less harmful materials, since these types of exercise are associated with a holistic kind of lifestyle. But what about weights and workout machines? Is there any way to make these items greener? As a matter of fact, there are improvements already out there (and more on the way).

You can actually find hand weights made from partially recycled materials, and if you want 100% recycled, buy them used! As for the machines at the gym that suck up power day and night, you may be surprised to learn that there are now machines that run on kinetic energy. In short, they are powered by your movement. And there are even green gym facilities (more are opening every day) that do less harm to the environment on every level by incorporating these machines, conserving energy, and using eco-friendly building materials.

As for dieting to go along with your new fitness routine, you may want to look into organic food options. Certainly it can be a bit more expensive than your average shopping trip, but if you decide to go this route there’s nothing to stop you from growing your own organic fruit and vegetable garden to help reduce costs. You may also want to include vitamins, weight loss supplements, and the like in order to meet certain health and fitness goals. This is fine as long as you consult with your doctor first and try to avoid any supplements that are chemical in nature or could have adverse effects on your overall health.

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Sarah Danielson writes for where you can find great products and advice to help you lose weight.