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Sustainable Health and Fitness Habits

Health and fitness routines can positively impact both our bodies and the planet if we incorporate sustainable practices. Everyone needs to consciously make eco-friendly choices that have a low impact on the environment. Sustainable habits can help people meet their fitness goals without compromising the future for the generations to come. 

One of the best ways to combine fitness and sustainability would be to participate in donation-based fitness classes. Join the classes that use the proceeds for environmental causes. Here are some other simple changes you can make to lead a greener lifestyle while also remaining active and well:

Sustainable Clothing Options

Opt for a sustainable gym wear wardrobe. Choose workout clothes made from sustainable materials such as organic cotton, bamboo, and hemp. These days, you can also purchase workout clothes made from recycled materials. Make your purchases from companies that prioritise sustainability and ethical practices. Quality should be a major deciding factor when you are buying new workout clothes. Even if the price is higher than other options, the cost of durable good-quality clothing is less in the long run.

Eco-Friendly Gear and Equipment

This is something that does not cross minds often, but it should. Exercise gear and equipment should also be eco-friendly. For instance, a biodegradable hemp or bamboo mat would be a superior choice for your yoga sessions than the PVC (polyvinyl chloride) mat. You could also get creative and fashion your fitness equipment with recycled materials. DIY your way to fitness!

Although it is better to opt for outdoor workouts, if your gain goals require you to join a gym, then choose one that prioritises energy efficiency and uses renewable energy sources. Carpool with others or use green transportation if your gym is located at a distance. You could also make use of the fitness equipment at public parks.

Proper hydration is important when you work out. But what is more important than that is how you choose to hydrate. Avoid using disposable plastic bottles. Every time you throw away a disposable bottle, you contribute to plastic pollution. A plastic bottle takes 450 years to break down in the ground. Make the wise choice and switch to a reusable water bottle.

Low-Impact Exercise Alternatives

Walking, running, and biking don’t require expensive gym memberships, and generally have a low impact on the environment. Adopt the low-impact exercise alternatives wherever you can. Yoga, pilates, and callisthenics do not require any exercise equipment and can be done with ease outdoors as well as at home. Exercising in this way has multiple benefits for overall health. Even at drug and alcohol rehab centres, exercise is encouraged as a sustainable way to support and complement treatment and ease the process of addiction recovery.

Mindful Eating Habits

Choosing locally grown, seasonal whole foods to fuel workouts and support wellness. Opt for the best greens supplements for more energy and better exercise performance. Choose plant-based protein to accelerate your muscle growth. Pay attention to hunger cues and your portion sizes to achieve your fitness goals faster and minimise food waste. When making food purchases, buy in bulk wherever possible or choose products with minimal packaging. The best option to achieve the dual aim of reducing packaging waste and making healthier choices is to cook at home. This option allows you more control over the ingredients.

Green Cleaning Routines

Use natural, non-toxic cleaners instead of harsh commercial cleaning products for your workout clothes, gear, and living spaces. Regular cleaning and maintenance will ensure that your exercise gear lasts longer, thereby reducing the need for replacement. Mesh laundry bags can protect your workout gear from getting tangled and stretched in the wash. Air-drying your workout clothes is better for avoiding shrinkage and the breakdown of elastic fibres (the consequences of heat dryers).

Wrapping Up

When you go out to exercise in natural areas, practise the ‘leave no trace’ principle. Educating yourself about sustainable fitness practices will help you make more informed choices.

Small changes like the ones outlined add up to make a big difference, allowing us to prioritise health in a way that is also kind to the Earth. With a few sustainable swaps, anyone can incorporate eco-friendliness into their fitness routine.

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