How to Make Your Exercise Routine Eco-Friendly in the New Year
Creating an eco-friendly exercise routine doesn't have to be as hard as it might sound! In fact, there are many easy solutions to all the things that might make your current routine unsustainable. Here, we've outlined some of the easiest and most effective ways that you can make your workout more green!
One of the best ways to make your exercise routine eco-friendly is to simply take it outdoors! From less intensive exercise like walking and yoga to more intensive cardio like running and bike riding there are lots of options to keep you on your fitness goal. It really is the easiest way to exercise while minimising your impact on the planet. It's also great for your mental health too!
Add yoga to your routine
Yoga is a great form of exercise that requires little (if any) equipment. It's also a really effective way to tone your body and improve your mental health. It can also be done almost anywhere as long as you've got your yoga mat handy!
To make your yoga routine extra sustainable, you can buy a yoga mat made from eco-friendly materials. Some great brands that offer good quality, sustainable yoga mats and accessories are Wandering Yogi and Luna & Soul.
If you're near a beach or lake, swimming can make your exercise routine more eco-friendly and fun! It's also a refreshing way to wake up or finish off the day. No beach or lake nearby? Going to your local pool is still good, just try to walk and ride instead of driving to offset the impact that running a pool has on the environment. It's even better if you buy sustainable swimwear!
Wear sustainable activewear
Fast fashion is easily one of the most concerning industries when it comes to environmental impacts. From water usage and textile waste to CO2 emissions and chemical pollution there are many areas that need to improve in the fashion industry to become more sustainable.
That's why brands that focus on ensuring their products are made sustainably are on the rise. And what better way to make your exercise routine greener than by supporting a brand that cares about the world. And you'll look gorgeous doing it too!
Check out our Zozii online store to see just how gorgeous ethical and sustainable activewear can be! We also have organic cotton gym towels to complete your outfit.
Get a reusable water bottle
Whether you're exercising outside or in the gym you need to make sure you're staying hydrated! But all those plastic water bottles are seriously polluting the world. Every minute over a million single-use plastic water bottles are sold worldwide, and, they will each take at least 450 years to degrade.
To help fight this problem, reusable water bottles are a super easy solution. They'll save you money, help the environment, and can look great too! Some brands even have ones that can keep your drink hot or cold for hours! Check out S'well, Frank Green and Larq for some stylish options. Larq bottles are even self-cleaning which is ground-breaking if you're not a fan of doing the dishes!
Switch up your transportation method
Struggle to exercise without going to the gym? We absolutely get it and your health should always come first! And going to the gym has its own environmental benefits in that you're sharing your equipment with other people. There are, however, added energy costs from using a gym, including electricity needed to run lights, aircon and machines that require power. An easy way to counteract this energy usage, though, is to make sure you're travelling to and from the gym responsibly. Whether you walk, run or ride your bike you'll be reducing your emissions and getting a good warm-up at the same time.
Try eating green for a week!
Fitness isn't just about the exercise you do, it's also about what you eat. And so is sustainability! What's great about this combination, though, is that eating sustainably is also really healthy. Vegan diets have been proven to be significantly better for the environment than omnivorous diets but, when done properly, they also have health benefits and can be just as good for exercise performance!
Getting your daily exercise doesn't have to be bad for the environment. If anything, it may be one of the easiest ways to improve your sustainability. So go put your (sustainable) activewear on and get moving!