Four Fitness Options for Eco-Conscious Athletes
Workout game strong, eco-game stronger! Being a fitness fan doesn’t mean you need to be hogging environmental resources. It is totally possible (and downright easy) to get your workout on in an eco-conscious way. Everything from the gym you choose, to the clothes you wear has an impact on the environment. These are our four top tips for starting your eco-friendly fitness lifestyle.
Work Out Outdoors
We love a good jog on the treadmill as much as the next person, but keeping your favorite workout machine running takes electricity. Lay off the power a few workouts per week by switching up your routine. A run outside or a long bike ride are two great ways to get a cardio workout without going to the gym. You can also look for local workout groups that do outdoor yoga or “boot camp” style classes at public parks. Or if you really need to get your weightlifting session in, try biking or jogging to your gym instead of driving.
Wear Bamboo Workout Clothes
Not only is bamboo fitness clothing ultra soft, it’s also a better choice for the environment. Bamboo needs far less space and water to grow a comparable amount of cotton. Bamboo is technically a grass, and is one of the fastest growing plants in the world, easily growing new shoots as the plant ages. Bamboo, unlike many other crops, is not uprooted during it’s harvest. This allows the bamboo to help preserve the soil, and helps to prevent soil erosion.
Opt For Reusable Whenever Possible
Your post pilates green juice may be your weekly treat but the plastic to-go cup it comes in usually ends up wasted. Instead invest in a high quality water bottle to use for your workouts and a reusable cup for smoothies, juices, even coffee! You can even get reusable stainless steel straws to avoid that extra bit of single-use plastic. Plus, think of all the stylish options you just can’t get from a flimsy plastic cup. Your marble and mint #fitstagram posts are waiting on your new reusable cup! You can also opt to buy wholesale commercial fitness equipment, this helps to keep used high quality gym products and equipments from being thrown out. The less we all individually add to landfills, the better!
Buy The Highest-Quality Gear
A thin yoga mat that tears in under a year isn’t good for your wallet or the environment. Buying high quality gear may take longer to save up for, but is better all around in the long run. Your booty will thank us when you get an excellent yoga mat, trust us. Everything from your home weight collection, to gym socks, to fitness clothing should be able to last you years on end. The more years you can get out of your gear, the less gear you’ll have to consume. This helps to keep low quality products from being thrown out. The less we all individually add to landfills, the better!
Staying strong both physically and environmentally is so important for a healthy lifestyle. Keep on track with your eco-friendly workout routine and let us know in the comments your favorite eco-friendly fitness tip.