Are you one of the many people each year who makes some sort of New Year’s resolution to work out more? Well if you are, why not work out smarter as well? Consider it one of your newest green jobs.
It turns out, there are many ways you can be more eco-friendly with your workout plan as well. It might even be as simple as getting outside or making a little switch to your routine. Short of getting a green job or making a massive change, here are a few things you can do to go green with your workouts.
Getting outside for some fresh air is better for your health than sweating it out on machines at the gym. Plus, it’s usually free! Go on a run in your neighborhood or local park, hike a nearby trail, go for a bike ride; there are sure to be many outdoor options right around you no matter where you live. These green spaces exist for this purpose so take advantage.
Use Eco-Friendly Products
Along with the New Year’s work-out resolution often comes a lot of spending. Workout clothes, shoes, equipment, supplements, food that comes with a diet switch, and loads of plastic water bottles. But there are green options for every item in this list. Look for clothing and shoes that is made from recycled or organic materials, and donate your old clothes and shoes. You can even recycle your old sneakers!
Instead of buying new, search your local ads for second-hand equipment, and find locally-sourced organic produce and nutrition products. Lastly, make sure you ditch those single-use plastic water bottles and get a refillable bottle. You’ll save money and reduce your waste. Win, win!
If your workout class or gym requires you to drive to get there, see if there’s a neighbor with the same routine that you can carpool with. This helps you reduce your carbon footprint while sticking to your resolution.
As you can see, these are a few super quick and easy changes you can make to make your workout resolution greener in 2018. When you’re ready to take things a step further, seek out a green job — the green job industry is booming with many companies looking to get more environmentally conscious. For the latest, keep checking the blog for more information on green jobs.