Eco-friendly fitness

In honor of Earth Day, I've compiled a list of things you can do to be eco-friendly and figure-friendly.

If you don’t live too far away from work, take the trip on your bike.

The average American has a 16 mile commute – a fit cyclist could bike that distance in an hour. And you could still stop off and get your morning cup of joe (just put it in a reusable cup!). If you live too far away to bike, consider turning half your commute into a workout – walk to the train station or bike to the bus stop.

Hang out
Rather than just tossing your clothes in the dryer, lug those 15-20 pounds of sopping wet clothes outside and hang them out on a line.
You’ll get some great squats in there, not to mention an awesome arm workout.

Get out
Rather than waste electricity running on a treadmill, go outside, enjoy the weather, and get a guilt-free workout jogging on the sidewalk.
Or kick things up a knotch and hit the woods. Trail running is a great way to work on agility as well as fitness.

Bury the bottle
Ditch those disposable water bottles. Instead buy a reusable bottle you can use over again.

Productive pedaling
Take your workout to another level with the Pedal-A-Watt bicycle stand, which creates power while you’re pedaling. According to their website, the average rider will produce 125-300 watts, and one 20 minute workout could run a laptop for over an hour.

And after you’ve worked up a sweat, recycle your workout gear. Check out Patagonia’s recycling program.

What green fitness tips do you have?


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