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Thomas Hawk via photopin cc

 

The health benefits of regular exercise are hard to ignore. They range from jump starting your immune system to possibly even extending your life.  Many of us head to the gym or out for a run or walk as much as possible. Workouts not only have a positive effect on your health, but they can also have a positive impact on the environment.

Here are a few ways to green your workout and also help the health of the planet.

Use reusable water bottles

Ditch your disposable plastic water bottle and make the switch to a reusable stainless steel bottle. By using a reusable water bottle you are also helping reduce the number of plastic bottles that end up in landfills, sitting for years while they try unsuccessfully to decompose.

Head outside

This time of year the days can be gorgeous, filled with sunshine and warm temperatures. Instead of heading to the gym, jump on your bike, or go for a hike or run. You won’t waste the energy required to run a treadmill or stationery bike at an indoor gym.

Wear green workout wear

The next time you’re in the market for some workout gear take a look for something a bit more eco-friendly. There are a lot of companies out there entering the green market that focus on non-synthetic clothing made from organic materials. You might want to also look for companies with sustainable business practices specifically outlined on their sites.

Carpool or bike to the gym

Find a neighbor or a friend who’s heading your way and grab a ride to the gym. Having a workout buddy will provide inspiration for getting to the gym. Better yet, save the cost of fuel and prevent pollution by hopping on your bike. You’ll be ready for your workout once you arrive.

Inspire your gym to go green

Ask your gym what they’re using for cleaners, soaps and detergents and see if they’ll consider a safer, non-toxic alternative. Many conventional cleaning products contain hidden toxic chemicals including carcinogens, reproductive toxins, endocrine disruptors, and allergens. Check if the gym has recycle bins available. If not, ask if they can add a few.

Lori is Manilla’s green-living expert. Read more about living a green and clean life on Lori’s blog, Groovy Green Livin, or on FacebookTwitterPinterestGoogle+ or LinkedIn

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