Exercise for the Environment
But look around your house, and we're betting you'll find a few things to get you started with a simple routine: canned goods to use in place of weights, a few towels to lay down instead of a mat, a small stool or a stack of books to use as a step, a chair to use for triceps exercises. Find an old jump rope for some basic—but surprisingly challenging—cardio, and you can avoid the gym entirely.
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If you're not a runner, you still have options. Hit your local hiking trails, take your two-wheeler out for a spin or just add a daily walk to your lunch hour.
Even better, sign up for a group race or join a larger team to play soccer, softball, volleyball or any other sport you love. As a bonus, the team will likely have a lot of the equipment already, so you can skip buying your own or share.
But you don't have to buy all new products. Check the Web or your local sporting goods store (or your closet) for deals on used bikes, weights and other equipment. Eco-friendly yoga mats, which are made of non-PVC materials, are easy to find. And you might be surprised at how good your workout can be two water-filled jugs, a dining room chair and an old crate.
But there are eco-alternatives too—sneakers made with recycled rubber soles (just be sure to recycle them when you're done), tops and pants that combine soy and organic cotton blends and coconut shells transformed into breathable fabrics. Look for companies with sustainable business practices like Patagonia, REI and Nau.
Some gyms are even harnessing human power to supply energy and reduce bills. Every little bit helps. Then talk to your workout partner about switching indoor workouts for weekend hikes or bike rides. You'll be able to switch up your routine and get a better workout while making everyone a little greener.
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