At the start of a new year, it is not uncommon to want to develop some new healthy habits. Two of the more common resolutions people may set are living a more eco-friendly lifestyle and exercising more. Luckily, it’s easy to combine the two and get healthier while you care for the planet. Consider these eco-friendly workout tips when you start your own at-home routine.
1. Choose Weights
When it comes to home workouts, you may be eyeing flashy treadmills, spin bikes, or elliptical machines. The problem is that these machines require a lot of electricity to operate. Instead, consider a set of dumbbells that require zero energy to operate. If you are unfamiliar with weightlifting, you can look online for numerous beginner-friendly workouts.
2. Choose Reusable Water Bottles
Make sure you are properly hydrated by using a fun reusable water bottle instead of disposable ones. Disposable water bottles are convenient but with a bit of time and habit building, you will find it is even easier to just fill up your own.
3. Choose Outdoors
What could be more eco-friendly than being outside in nature? Check out outdoor exercise opportunities in your community. Go for a run, walk, or hike. Practice yoga or tai chi in the park. Go swimming or kayaking at the lake. It’s even better if you can get to your destination without driving. Use your feet or bike to get there and you will get even more exercise getting to and from your workout.
4. Choose Shorter Post-Workout Showers
It goes without saying that the shorter the shower, the less water is used. In fact, older showers use about five gallons of water per minute. Shaving just two minutes off your shower saves 10 gallons of water. You can also consider turning the water off while you lather up and then turning it back on to rinse.