Over the last few years, the earth has changed so much over the years, and it's time for all of us to start being more conscious of the environment and how our decisions can make a huge impact on the world around us.
With populations growing at a high rate, rubbish waste and energy are becoming a huge challenge; hence the promotion of more economical transport and recycling.
How can we make minor changes to our workout routine to ensure we're keeping the world healthy, and not just ourselves? These are six changes, that may not sound like much, but they are a step forward in making our workouts more eco-friendly, giving back to our amazing planet.
1. REUSABLE WATER BOTTLES
Did you know that in the US 38 billion plastic water bottles go to landfill every year? We all tell ourselves, that it is easy to pick up a bottle of water on your way to the gym...
Now it is time for a change. Start using a reusable water bottle to reduce your footprint on that static massively, and refilling it at your gym will most likely be free anyway! Start practicing to keep a bottle of water on you at all times, whether you're in the gym or just having around for quick hydration.
So grab yourself a sturdy reusable bottle at any of your favorite retail stores, and make it a habit.
2. CARDIO OUTDOORS
Have you ever thought about changing your workout environment? Try to create an outdoor workout routine to help reduce the electricity you consume each day. Try hitting the pavements and take in the beautiful outdoors.
3. CLEAR OUT YOUR WORKOUT WARDROBE
We live in a generation of fast fashion; a 'buy it now worry later' mentality. We all love having the newest gear, which provides an overwhelming feeling, but have you considered what to do with the clothes you no longer wear?
Clearing out your wardrobe is not only a great way to stay organized, but it also helps identify clothes that are no longer worn and can be sent to charity or recycling; making room for your fresh new gear from us ;) , whilst still making use of your old gear.
It also brings to light clothes you may have forgotten.
4. SWITCH UP YOUR MODE OF TRANSPORT
If your mindset is 'I only exercise in the gym', then it's about time you make some new habits...
Our bodies are designed to move in all different ways throughout the day, not just during the hour we spend in the gym. If you can walk, bike or run to the gym, you should be making the most of it!
If you have a gym buddy, sharing lifts is also a great way to get to the gym - and let's face it, gym car parks aren't always the most spacious!
5. REDUCE YOUR FOOD SHOPPING FOOTPRINT
Your diet is a big part of your fitness routine. Being more eco-friendly with your shopping while reducing food waste is a great way to save money and reduce the impact on your environment.
Reusable carrier bags have become a no brainer, but avoiding foods packaged in plastic is still a work in progress. We don't always have a choice, but opting for package-free products where possible is a great way to save on single-use plastic.
Reducing food waste is easy; cook foods close to their expiry date and freeze leftovers/excess food for later in the week.