As the new year kicks off, the gym is bustling with people. Perhaps you’ve made a new years resolution to shed a few pounds, stay healthy, train for a big event, or are just getting back into the swing of things. For those sweating off all the extra food consumed over the holiday season (don’t worry, I’m one of them), here are some simple tips to green your workout.
Use a resuable water bottle. This may seem pretty basic, but is worth mentioning. Using a stainless steel or plastic resuable bottle can cut down on your plastic waste, save you money, and keep you hydrated as you excerise.
Get some fresh air. Running, walking or biking outside is a great way to burn calories and save electricity needed for excerise machines. Nature trails or parks are also a nice way to enjoy the winter scenery. If the winter weather is too much too handle, also check out the University’s self powered machines (such as the incline treadmills).
Dress the part. Nike, Puma and Adidas have committed to zero discharge of hazardous chemicals by 2020 thanks to pressure from Greenpeace. If you have old work out clothes hanging around, consider donating them to a local thrift store for others to enjoy.
Wash your towels less. Save water by reusing your towel a few times before throwing it in the wash, sweat towels do not need to be washed after one use- especially if you plan to shower afterwards.
Kudos to all those pushing their limits and reaching new goals this 2013. Try incorporating some (or all) of these eco-tips into your excersice routine to improve both your own health and the health of the environment.