Is one of your New Year’s resolutions to start a new exercise routine? Especially after the holidays’ feasts, we could all stand to work out a little bit more! If you’re eco-conscious, I bet you also made a resolution to add some green alternatives to your lifestyle. This year, why not combine these two resolutions to knock them both out at once? Seize the opportunity to make your exercise routine a little more green! It’s easier than you think and it’s a simple way to reduce your carbon footprint while getting fit. Here are four ways you can accomplish these two New Year’s resolutions by putting a little green in your workout routine.
- Workout at a Green Microgym. Green Microgyms have popped up all around the country and are powered by the energy you’re using to exercise. These gyms utilize spin bikes, elliptical machines and recumbent cycle generators that harness exercise energy and convert it into electricity through your workout. With this eco-friendly energy generation, Green Microgyms use about 85% less electricity than traditional gyms. Even if you aren’t looking to work out at a gym, you can purchase Green Microgym’s UpCycle Eco-Charger to convert your home bicycle into an electricity generator. It’s as easy as replacing your back wheel and plugging the device in the wall.
- Join a running club. If you’re tired of working out at a gym, you can get both the exercise and the comradery by joining a running club! The Road Runners Club of America has been allowing long distance runners to come together as a community to promote running as a competitive sport and healthy exercise since 1958. Simply become a member and you’ll have access to everything you need to meet up with other runners so you can exercise while adding virtually nothing to your carbon footprint.
- Work out at home with a DVD. Instead of driving your car somewhere to work out, cut back on CO2 emissions by working out at home with a DVD. There are plenty of fun workout programs available on video that allow you to get fit in the comfort of your own home and reduce your carbon footprint. Add a DVD workout, such as Team Beach Body’s Rockin’ Body® program, to your morning routine and let those pounds fall off while feeling good about being green!
- Instead of driving to spin class, bike to work. Did you know your car can add up to 1.9 tons of CO2 to the atmosphere every year through your daily commute? There’s no reason to drive to spin class when you can bike to work and get the same workout. After production, bicycles contribute no carbon emissions and you can burn around 1,000 calories a day while keeping it eco-friendly and saving yourself the cost of a class!