Now we know what you’re thinking, and we understand. It is hard enough to factor in enough time or energy in a day to workout, let alone worry about if your routine is environmentally harmful. Working out is a form of release, a way to clear your mind from all outside stressors. But, the reality is that mindful exercise is contributing to pollution, waste and consuming resources. Continue reading and find out 4 eco-friendly no brainers that ensure a more enjoyable, green workout.
1. Take it outside
Eliminate automobile transportation whenever possible, and even then, strive to carpool with a workout buddy. If you prefer exercising at a specific location, walk there and add it to your workout routine! Gym facilities are not traditionally green-minded, but there are “eco-gyms” for those of you who favor workout centers. If there isn't one in your area, don’t fret. Before joining a gym, inquire about their standards - do they have recycling bins; do they use harmful cleaning chemicals; do they leave their machines plugged in, generating energy over night, even when they are not in use?
Avoid these deal breakers completely by just exercising outside. This will give you a chance to see new sites, experience nature hands on and it actually improves mental health. And added bonus - there’s no membership fee. A study from Glasgow University concluded that participants who exercised outside experienced a “50 percent greater positive effect on mental health than going to the gym.”
There's a lot of our world to see; exercise in nature and experience its beauty.