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5 Eco-Friendly Fitness Tips

April 22, 2010

Happy Earth Day! Did you know today is the 40th anniversary? We at Flatout love finding ways to be more sustainable. In fact, we recycle 83.7 tons of material or 99% of the cardboard, paper and plastic involved in our baking. We also love donating to food banks and farmers.

But another important part of who we are is our commitment to the community. We especially love supporting sports leagues and other ways for kids and the whole family to get active. In honor of both our passion and this very special holiday, we wanted to share some tips for eco-friendly fitness.

Family FitnessImage courtesy of mikebaird via Flickr

Five Ways to Green Your Fitness Routine

1. Get outside.

It’s really that easy! Any activity that is connected to the outdoors and nature qualifies as “green.” Whether you do chair dips on a park bench or plank holds against a tree trunk, you can get a great workout without lifting heavy dumbbells or rocking out on equipment and be eco-friendly to boot. Check out this Workout in the Park from FITNESS Magazine for some great toning exercises.

2. Park yourself.

Seems counterintuitive, doesn’t it? But in this context, park yourself means putting away the car and finding alternative means of transportation. We asked our friends on Twitter what they do to #gogreen and got a fabulous response from Trish, who said:

She’s absolutely right. If you have to run an errand that’s within comfortable walking distance of your home, by all means do it! If the shopping center is farther than what you’d normally walk, take a drive and pick a parking spot that’s far away from all of the stores. Keep that car parked until you have completed your errands rather than moving it from shop to shop. It’s great exercise for you, and a great energy saver for the environment.

Additionally, changing up your normal commute to work by biking, walking or taking public transportation can be an active stress reliever. Imagine how much easier Monday mornings will be this time of year if you are able to take in a scenic view of budding flowers and greenery on your way to the office, or have the ability to read a new novel on the bus instead of pumping the brakes in traffic.

3. Make a green fashion statement.

Many popular fitness wear brands are now coming out with lines of clothing made from renewable materials such as recycled polyester, created from sources that include the plastic water bottles that people drink from every day! Restore Clothing is one example of a brand creating durable workout wear with social responsibility in mind. There is also a movement toward organic and recycled cotton and wool from brands such as New Balance and lululemon. These eco-friendly clothing lines can run at a slightly higher cost due to the quality of the materials they are made from, but are worth considering if you are looking for ways to live active from head to toe.

4. Choose electricity-free equipment.

If you enjoy getting your workout from machines and equipment, we have great news. Many elliptical machines out there have self-powered capabilities and run without electrical cords. Additionally, many health clubs are making a commitment to greener activities. Gyms such as Equinox are committed to planting a tree for new members this month, among other initiatives. If you belong to a health club, ask the manager what they are doing to spark sustainability.

5. Spread the word.

Now that you’ve been informed of the many ways you can go green and get active, we encourage you to share the knowledge with friends, family and others in your community. Sign up to help out with a local community gardening project through the American Community Gardening Association. What better way to get exercise than by planting fresh fruits and vegetables that you can cultivate and grow into food on your plate? You can also check out other online resources for green volunteering. Create the Good lists ways to go green at work, among friends and in your neighborhood. Tell five people and have them tell five more people. You’ll be amazed at how fast news can spread through word-of-mouth outreach.

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We’d love to hear your fresh perspective!

  • What are your best tips and strategies for eco-friendly fitness?
  • How do you incorporate sustainability into your everyday lifestyle?
  • Do our tips work for you or your family? Why or why not?

Bon appetit!

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. January 31, 2011 10:00 am

    Great article. Thanks for the inspiration!

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