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How to make your workout greener

How to make your workout greener

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Let’s take a closer look at how we can be more eco-friendly when choosing workout gear.

Let’s take a closer look at how we can be more eco-friendly when choosing workout gear.

How to make your workout greener
While we went through different levels of lockdown this past year, it made us think more deeply about our impact on the environment. Wasn’t nature beginning to heal itself as we disappeared into our homes and reduced our carbon footprint?

We cut down on flights, reduced the number of trips to and from work, and bought reusable bags to carry our fruit and veg from our grocery runs – but did we also look at whether our new wellness habits might also be counteracting our efforts?

New workout gear to help keep up those new year’s resolutions? Tick. New water bottle to stay hydrated on hikes on the weekend? Tick. Improve that yoga move with a block? Tick. Cancel gym subscription but set something up at home? Tick. More waste? Tick.

Whether you down dog, bottom turn, breaststroke or burpee to keep fit, let’s take a closer look at how we can make more eco-friendly and local choices whichever exercise we choose.

Hiking and running

Hiking and walking trails have become the new mall run and besides being better for your health beyond sucking in that fresh air and clocking a cardio workout, they help keep your mind sharp. Navigating rocks, hanging branches and route markers is said to exercise "the restrosplenial cortex and the hippocampus" to improve memory.  

When you’re on the trot though, besides comfortable shoes, sunscreen and a hat, you’re going to need to carry enough water. Instead of grabbing a plastic bottle at the petrol station on the way to the starting point, invest in one that you can safely re-use. UK based brand, Moon Bottles will keep your water cold for the full 24 hours and your coffee or tea toasty for 12. Their unpainted metal base also means they'll stay polished and scratch-free for as long as possible. No surprise nasties, accidental spillage or icky chemicals here. No more tripping over litter.  Yay!

Salomon has a 100% recyclable running shoe that’s materials are made from recycled products such as PET bottles or material waste. Using a unique construction allows the materials to be quickly separated for easy recycling after use.  You should also check out their Tech Lite outdoor breathable sneaker with a liner produced from coffee beans and partly recycled laces and upper. Besides city sightseeing, it’s made for gentle hikes too. This brand’s not made in the UK but they’ve built a special e-commerce site for us, which makes it easier to shop.

If you’re looking for environmentally friendly options for jogging, running or just getting your 10 000 steps a day, but at home, there are treadmills and bikes that use your exertion to help power up your machine of choice and return the energy you generate back into the grid. Woodway Curve  is a non-electric treadmill with a heavily curved belt that feels great underfoot, with just the right balance between rugged foot traction and bounce to make for a comfortable run in a home gym.

Surfing and swimming

There are so many benefits of training your limbs in water. It gets your heart rate up with less impact on your joints, helps burn fat (because water adds resistance as you move through it) and gives you more mobility.

When it comes to getting kitted out, this is where brands seem to be making the biggest strides to help protect the environment. From boards and wetsuits to swimsuits and trunks, these are some products made here at home.

There are some great brands here in the UK to pick from, like Swami’s. They strive for sustainability in their products in many different ways – from organic cotton to reclaimed materials, vegetable tanning and water based inks. Their collection features sarongs, bikinis, board shorts, T shirts and lovely beach blankets, made in the Cotswolds. They are also leading the way in green surfboards with their use of BioFoam, which is as lightweight and as strong as any other surfboard blank but doesn't contain toxic materials.

Finisterre is another great eco-friendly outdoor brand, based in Cornwall. It’s ECONYL® swimwear is helping to tackle plastic pollution in the oceans by taking nylon waste, from carpet offcuts to discarded fishing nets, and turning it into something new and useful. They also have an in-house repair service to maximise the life of their clothes.

If you’re not a surfer and looking for a swimsuit that you can train in but does less to endanger the environment, Sand & Palm has some great options. They take a fresh approach towards print design. Vicki, the founder uses the fabrics as a canvas for her illustrations, and all designs are exclusive to the brand. The fabrics are hand-dyed and screen-printed in house, in small batches with eco-friendly dyes. The collection is practical and functional, without compromising on style and comfort.

Yoga and pilates

They say that stretching and breathing not only helps keep anxiety at bay but also slows down ageing. A good reason to perfect your crow pose.

Whether you’re a yogi looking to replace old workout gear or need to get new fitness gear, look out for brands like Boody, who produce ethically sourced, 100% organically grown bamboo garments. They are stocked in a number of places, including Wholefoods and Tri Yoga. They also have a store locator on their website to make it easy for you.

You can find fully biodegradable and recyclable mats at Toplus and YAWHO. Ekotex Yoga offers a range of products, including recycled sticky mats, organic cotton yoga blankets and yoga blocks made from cork.

Anything else?

Don’t forget about sunscreen and a hat to protect your skin from the sun. REN Skincare has a few products that are safer for the oceans and are not tested on animals.

What you put on your body is as important as what you put in. Consider cleaner eating too for a holistically green workout.

While we went through different levels of lockdown this past year, it made us think more deeply about our impact on the environment. Wasn’t nature beginning to heal itself as we disappeared into our homes and reduced our carbon footprint?

We cut down on flights, reduced the number of trips to and from work, and bought reusable bags to carry our fruit and veg from our grocery runs – but did we also look at whether our new wellness habits might also be counteracting our efforts?

New workout gear to help keep up those new year’s resolutions? Tick. New water bottle to stay hydrated on hikes on the weekend? Tick. Improve that yoga move with a block? Tick. Cancel gym subscription but set something up at home? Tick. More waste? Tick.

Whether you down dog, bottom turn, breaststroke or burpee to keep fit, let’s take a closer look at how we can make more eco-friendly and local choices whichever exercise we choose.

Hiking and running

Hiking and walking trails have become the new mall run and besides being better for your health beyond sucking in that fresh air and clocking a cardio workout, they help keep your mind sharp. Navigating rocks, hanging branches and route markers is said to exercise "the restrosplenial cortex and the hippocampus" to improve memory.  

When you’re on the trot though, besides comfortable shoes, sunscreen and a hat, you’re going to need to carry enough water. Instead of grabbing a plastic bottle at the petrol station on the way to the starting point, invest in one that you can safely re-use. UK based brand, Moon Bottles will keep your water cold for the full 24 hours and your coffee or tea toasty for 12. Their unpainted metal base also means they'll stay polished and scratch-free for as long as possible. No surprise nasties, accidental spillage or icky chemicals here. No more tripping over litter.  Yay!

Salomon has a 100% recyclable running shoe that’s materials are made from recycled products such as PET bottles or material waste. Using a unique construction allows the materials to be quickly separated for easy recycling after use.  You should also check out their Tech Lite outdoor breathable sneaker with a liner produced from coffee beans and partly recycled laces and upper. Besides city sightseeing, it’s made for gentle hikes too. This brand’s not made in the UK but they’ve built a special e-commerce site for us, which makes it easier to shop.

If you’re looking for environmentally friendly options for jogging, running or just getting your 10 000 steps a day, but at home, there are treadmills and bikes that use your exertion to help power up your machine of choice and return the energy you generate back into the grid. Woodway Curve  is a non-electric treadmill with a heavily curved belt that feels great underfoot, with just the right balance between rugged foot traction and bounce to make for a comfortable run in a home gym.

Surfing and swimming

There are so many benefits of training your limbs in water. It gets your heart rate up with less impact on your joints, helps burn fat (because water adds resistance as you move through it) and gives you more mobility.

When it comes to getting kitted out, this is where brands seem to be making the biggest strides to help protect the environment. From boards and wetsuits to swimsuits and trunks, these are some products made here at home.

There are some great brands here in the UK to pick from, like Swami’s. They strive for sustainability in their products in many different ways – from organic cotton to reclaimed materials, vegetable tanning and water based inks. Their collection features sarongs, bikinis, board shorts, T shirts and lovely beach blankets, made in the Cotswolds. They are also leading the way in green surfboards with their use of BioFoam, which is as lightweight and as strong as any other surfboard blank but doesn't contain toxic materials.

Finisterre is another great eco-friendly outdoor brand, based in Cornwall. It’s ECONYL® swimwear is helping to tackle plastic pollution in the oceans by taking nylon waste, from carpet offcuts to discarded fishing nets, and turning it into something new and useful. They also have an in-house repair service to maximise the life of their clothes.

If you’re not a surfer and looking for a swimsuit that you can train in but does less to endanger the environment, Sand & Palm has some great options. They take a fresh approach towards print design. Vicki, the founder uses the fabrics as a canvas for her illustrations, and all designs are exclusive to the brand. The fabrics are hand-dyed and screen-printed in house, in small batches with eco-friendly dyes. The collection is practical and functional, without compromising on style and comfort.

Yoga and pilates

They say that stretching and breathing not only helps keep anxiety at bay but also slows down ageing. A good reason to perfect your crow pose.

Whether you’re a yogi looking to replace old workout gear or need to get new fitness gear, look out for brands like Boody, who produce ethically sourced, 100% organically grown bamboo garments. They are stocked in a number of places, including Wholefoods and Tri Yoga. They also have a store locator on their website to make it easy for you.

You can find fully biodegradable and recyclable mats at Toplus and YAWHO. Ekotex Yoga offers a range of products, including recycled sticky mats, organic cotton yoga blankets and yoga blocks made from cork.

Anything else?

Don’t forget about sunscreen and a hat to protect your skin from the sun. REN Skincare has a few products that are safer for the oceans and are not tested on animals.

What you put on your body is as important as what you put in. Consider cleaner eating too for a holistically green workout.

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