INFOGRAPHIC: How to Green Your Fitness Routine – GUEST POST

Living a sustainable lifestyle is all about making small changes to your everyday routine that will positively impact the future of our planet. There are a ton of ways you can start living a sustainable lifestyle—like buying local food that’s farmed sustainably, swapping out your use of single-use plastics and buying clothes and goods that are made from recycled materials. But did you know you can also do your part by greening your fitness routine?

Earth month is upon us and what better way to celebrate it than by getting outside and enjoying the earth. Training outside uses less energy, therefore reducing your carbon footprint. Plus, who doesn’t love to spend time outdoors and get some much-needed Vitamin D?

If you’re looking to make a change in your life, here’s how you can make your health and fitness routine more earth-friendly.

1. Get a Reusable Water Bottle

Did you know that 80 percent of plastic water bottles end up in landfills? Using a reusable water bottle is one of the easiest ways you can help cut down plastic waste. According to Beyond Plastics, using a reusable water bottle can help save 156 bottles from filling the ocean.

2. Get Outside

Outdoor workouts can help reduce your carbon footprint since you are minimizing the use of energy-consuming equipment you’d use in a gym. Aside from that, working out outside can help improve our mood since Vitamin D from the sun can help increase serotonin levels—also known as our happy hormone. Take advantage of outdoor parks, trails and beaches in your area for the perfect eco-friendly workout.

3. Invest in Sustainable Activewear

Opting for workout clothes that are ethically made can do wonders for slowing the amount of clothing filling up our landfills. Try buying sustainable shoes and clothing that’s made and designed with organic and recycled materials to lower your environmental impact. To avoid adding more waste to landfills, donate or repurpose your old workout gear.

4. Plan Out Your Meals

According to the UNEP Food Waste Index Report, around 8 to 10 percent of global greenhouse emissions come from food that is produced but not consumed. To ensure nothing goes to waste, make a shopping list, stick to it and plan out all of your meals. If food starts to go bad fast, find other ways to use it. For example, freeze fruit that’s starting to bruise for smoothies or use your veggie scraps to make a soup broth.

For more tips on how to make your fitness routine more sustainable, as well as some eco-friendly workouts to try, check out the infographic guide below. Happy Earth Month! 

Corey Doane is a digital content creator who helps adidas create helpful and compelling stories worth sharing. Her background in digital marketing and creative writing has led her to cover unique topics ranging from business to eco to lifestyle.

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