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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 on the way to the starting point, invest in one that you can safely re-use. Klean Kanteen offers reusable water bottles that keep drinks hot for eight hours and iced for 24 hours and are made from non-toxic insulated stainless steel. No more tripping over litter.

Salomon has a 100% recyclable running shoe scheduled for release spring 2021. Adidas also has a recyclable running shoe coming this year, and they also making shoes from recycled ocean plastic. We’ll have to wait a little bit to add them to our shopping carts. In the meantime, check out Salomon’s Tech Amphib 4 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.

If you’re looking for environmentally friendly options for jogging, running or just getting your 10 000 steps a day, nature is your best friend. For those who would like to work out inside and at home, there are treadmills and bikes that only draw a small amount of electricity when in use, e.g., Sportsart cardio line that uses ECO-POWR technology, some that do not use power at all, e.g. this one from inSportline or this one from Sportline, and some that use your exertion to help power up your machine of choice and return the energy you generate back into the grid.

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. If you are in need of a new wetsuit, choose an eco-friendly option. Wildsuits is a French brand that produces wetsuits using limestone, recycled tires and plastic bottles, suitable for all kinds of water sports. Xcel, a Hawaiian brand, is also making more eco-friendly wetsuits. They also offer one of the warmest wetsuits on the market.

If you are in the market for new swim wear, look for more sustainable swimwear, e.g. swimwear made from recycled plastic.

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 fitness gear from scratch, look out for brands like Boody, for ethically sourced, 100% organically grown bamboo-made garments.

Get your latex, PVC, and other toxic materials-free, fully biodegradable and recyclable mats at places like the Asanas, who are making yoga mats from cork.

Anything else?

Don’t forget about that sunscreen and hat you use to protect your skin from the sun. Use products that are safer for the oceans, not tested on animals and use plant dyes instead of harmful chemicals.

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 on the way to the starting point, invest in one that you can safely re-use. Klean Kanteen offers reusable water bottles that keep drinks hot for eight hours and iced for 24 hours and are made from non-toxic insulated stainless steel. No more tripping over litter.

Salomon has a 100% recyclable running shoe scheduled for release spring 2021. Adidas also has a recyclable running shoe coming this year, and they also making shoes from recycled ocean plastic. We’ll have to wait a little bit to add them to our shopping carts. In the meantime, check out Salomon’s Tech Amphib 4 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.

If you’re looking for environmentally friendly options for jogging, running or just getting your 10 000 steps a day, nature is your best friend. For those who would like to work out inside and at home, there are treadmills and bikes that only draw a small amount of electricity when in use, e.g., Sportsart cardio line that uses ECO-POWR technology, some that do not use power at all, e.g. this one from inSportline or this one from Sportline, and some that use your exertion to help power up your machine of choice and return the energy you generate back into the grid.

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. If you are in need of a new wetsuit, choose an eco-friendly option. Wildsuits is a French brand that produces wetsuits using limestone, recycled tires and plastic bottles, suitable for all kinds of water sports. Xcel, a Hawaiian brand, is also making more eco-friendly wetsuits. They also offer one of the warmest wetsuits on the market.

If you are in the market for new swim wear, look for more sustainable swimwear, e.g. swimwear made from recycled plastic.

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 fitness gear from scratch, look out for brands like Boody, for ethically sourced, 100% organically grown bamboo-made garments.

Get your latex, PVC, and other toxic materials-free, fully biodegradable and recyclable mats at places like the Asanas, who are making yoga mats from cork.

Anything else?

Don’t forget about that sunscreen and hat you use to protect your skin from the sun. Use products that are safer for the oceans, not tested on animals and use plant dyes instead of harmful chemicals.

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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