Living a more environmentally friendly life can take many paths. You can drive a hybrid car. You can replace your standard light bulbs with LED bulbs and buy local produce. From decorating and cleaning your home to recycling materials, there are many steps you can take to help preserve the planet. In fact, with a few tips for your exercise program, you can enjoy a more green routine.

Pre-Owned Exercise Equipment
You might be surprised what a great deal you can get on used exercise equipment. Not only can you find gym quality equipment at your local used sporting goods store, you can find equipment that’s barely been used. People spend thousands of dollars every year on good intentions. Unfortunately, those home exercise goals often fall apart and the equipment collects dust. Buying used exercise equipment makes financial sense and it’s better for the environment. The equipment stays out of the landfill and conserves the resources that would otherwise go to build new equipment.

Get Outside
Instead of driving to a local gym to work out, take your workout to nature. You’ll save on the carbon emissions produced from driving, and you’ll save money on gas. Exercising outside also means you’ll get the sun exposure you need for your body to produce vitamin D. Exercising outdoors is a green routine that’s good for the environment and good for your health.

Buy Sustainable
When you’re purchasing workout wear and athletic gear, look for products that are made from sustainable materials. Top materials to explore include organic cotton, hemp, as well as items made from recycled water bottles and recycled rubber.

Renew and Recycle
Hydration is an important part of exercise. Instead of exercising with a single use water bottle, use a bottle that is reusable. Just make sure to look for reusable water bottles that are made with safe plastic.

Once your shoes and other workout gear have lived beyond their use, don’t throw them away, recycle them. Depending on the wear and tear you may be able to donate your used fitness clothing to homeless shelters. Some fitness equipment and clothing can be recycled as well. Help green your routine by keeping your used items out of the landfill.

Getting to the Gym
Instead of driving, walk or ride your bike to the gym. It’s a good way to warm up and to burn a few more calories. If the gym is too far to walk or ride your bike, consider carpooling or taking public transportation to reduce your carbon footprint.

Exercise is one more way you can enjoy a green routine. You’re working to improve your health and wellness while striving to improve the planet.

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