Ways to make your workout environmentally friendly
Exercise plays an important role in staying healthy. Adults aged between 19-64 years should try to be active daily and do at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity such as cycling or fast walking every week1. On top of this, it’s recommended we do strength exercise at least twice a week to work all the major muscles (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders and arms)1. A regular workout routine will not only help your health, but can make a big difference when it comes to the health of the environment. Make your work out greener today:
Running a gym uses up a lot of electricity. Make the most of the outdoors and sign up to one of the many bootcamps that run across the country. For instance, British Military Fitness host classes from local parks and guarantee a full body workout. If running is more to your taste, take a break from pounding a treadmill and signup to one of hundreds of free running clubs available.
If you live in either London, Cardiff, Liverpool or Glasgow, the Nike Run Club – which doesn’t cost a penny – is a must. They offer a wide selection of runs, including women-only runs, 5-10k sessions and runs for complete beginners. They’ve even got an app for the times you want to go it alone.
Working out frequently will mean you go through your gym clothes and trainers.
If you’re looking for a good home for your run down shoes, there are many organisations that will happily take them. Runners Need offers an instore recycling service. Recycling your old running shoes diverts important resources from landfill and allows them to be reused or recycled, creating employment opportunities and providing footwear to those who could not otherwise afford them2.
Refuel your body with homemade snacks such as energy balls. BBC Good Food has a simple and easy to follow recipe which uses just a few ingredients –pecans, raisins, peanut butter, cocoa powder, agave syrup and coconut. For the method visit: https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/2407637/energy-bites
Making your own snack will not only save money, but you’ll avoid unnecessary ingredients and packaging.