5 Ways to Get Fit and Care for Mother Earth
Happy Earth Day! This special time to remember Mother Earth often goes unnoticed, or is a blip on our radar, a chance to plant a tree and then go on about our busy lives. Please consider this a chance to make some meaningful changes that will benefit both you and the earth we share.
Ride your bike or walk for local errands. The grocery store, the bank, picking up your child from school, enjoying a margarita at the Mexican restaurant up the street, all are trips that are better made without your car. Take the opportunity, especially with warmer weather and longer days, to save the gas and the carbon emissions.
Eat local and fresh. Farmers’ Markets are opening back up, and that means more fresh and local food for all of us. Local buying helps the economy in your community, lower the carbon footprint of your groceries (flying your food from South America takes a lot of fuel), and increases the amount of unprocessed foods your body is taking in. Unprocessed foods are free from preservatives, are more easily digested, typically have fewer calories, and just taste better than the stuff from a box.
Bottle your own water. Buying bottled water is a huge expense, and often times the water isn’t any better that what comes out of your tap. The massive amount of waste that is produced adds to the problem. Choose a water filter that fits on your faucet, or use the one that often comes with newer refrigerators. Stainless Steel and glass water bottles are readily available and are generally regarded as safer than plastic. Here are some fun options:
Hang dry your workout clothes. OK, technically this isn’t a fitness suggestion, but it’s super helpful for your fitness clothing. Most synthetic, moisture wicking materials are damaged in the clothes dryer over time. Save your Lululemon pants and the environment at the same time by hang-drying your athletic clothes (or all your clothes, if you’re feeling particularly “green”).
Get your garden growing. Gardening is a fantastic workout, especially if you skip the gas powered tiller and the chemical weed killers. I can’t count the number of hours I spent growing up pulling weeds with my mom and working up a good sweat. I still love the satisfaction of a good workout at the end of a rake and a trowel. The planet will thank you, as will your wallet, when you have beautiful flowers and foods that were grown by you!
Earth Day is a good time to reflect, but every day should be one in which you work to make the world a little better.
Happy Earth Day, my friends!