This Earth Day is your chance to purposefully and mindfully act to protect our planet.
It's important to consider ways to celebrate and contribute to the planet's health. One way to do this is by incorporating eco-friendly habits into your fitness routine. Here are some healthy ways to celebrate Earth Day:
Whether you want to make a difference or celebrate the great outdoors, we've got your back with five eco and fitness-friendly ways to celebrate Earth Day!
Support Sustainable Athletic Gear.
Don't you feel slightly more motivated to hit the gym when you buy new workout clothes?
You can also always head to your local thrift store and donate the pieces of your athletic wardrobe you don't wear anymore (and pick up one or two other pieces that catch your eye) for a more cost-effective way to help keep you and your community's athletic wear sustainable!
Keep It In Park.
Use Earth Day as your chance to try some creative ways to get around town.
If you can, try to avoid using your car, an Uber, or a Lyft for the day (or even the weekend if you're feeling crazy!) and find more eco-friendly travel methods. Without relying on your car to get to and from places, you'll squeeze in a little extra exercise while running errands or spending time with friends.
And don't think not using a car is an excuse to skip out on shopping – carrying all those bags and boxes adds to the challenge!
Take a Hike.
Obviously, one of the easiest ways to celebrate Earth Day is by getting outside and enjoying nature. If the weather permits, you should explore some local options for a day of hiking and enjoying the great outdoors!
Hiking is a great way to break up the monotony of your gym routine, and it has the extra mental benefit of letting you take time away from screens to reset and recharge in your natural surroundings.
If you're looking for a great local trail or place to hike in North Carolina, you should check out our blog, "Best Hikes in NC." Or, for those in South Carolina, check out our other blog, "Best Trails in SC."
Fuel Up with Less Impact.
You're already rocking some sustainable fitness gear. Keep it going with your #1 gym accessory (aka your water bottle!)
Bring a reusable water bottle to the gym, work, or just whenever you leave the house instead of buying a plastic one. Lots of places now have sanitary water refill stations so you can easily fill up and stay hydrated without contributing to unnecessary plastic waste.
Remember to consider the environmental impact of your pre and post-workout nutrition too. You can go for locally sourced, organic produce. You can also try reducing your meat and dairy intake, which has a higher environmental impact than plant-based foods!
Sweat It Out While Giving Back!
If you want to get fit and celebrate Earth Day, what better way to work up a sweat than heading to your local gym for some Earth Day fitness events? You'll be surprised how many local fitness clubs and gyms will be hosting outdoor workouts or have opportunities to donate to environmental nonprofits or local, sustainable businesses.
In conclusion, there are many ways to celebrate Earth Day through your fitness routine. Whether you're working out or just being more mindful of the products you use in your daily gym sessions, there are lots of eco-friendly ways to get fit during Earth Day. So get moving, get eco-conscious, and celebrate Earth Day in a fit and fun way!