What can you do to celebrate Earth Day more than one day a year that includes your fitness and wellness goals?
- Walk or bike to work or errands.
- Grow a garden or buy from local farmer’s markets. Local produce reduces transportation costs. It takes a lot of fossil fuel to transport strawberries across the country. Fresher food has more vitamins.
- Turn off electric exercise equipment such as treadmills when not in use.
- Stay hydrated with reusable bottles made from stainless steel, glass, or aluminum.
- Conserve water using a dishpan in the sink and drip irrigation in the garden.
- Running shoes that have seen better days can be recycled and made into surfaces for running tracks.
- Recycle old clothes. Textile recycling requires clothing be clean and dry. Almost 95% of discarded textiles can be recycled. Useable clothing is donated and the rest are shredded and turned into products like insulation. Yarn can be re-spun.
- Donate that old MP3 player or phone for electronic recycling. The precious metals will be harvested to make new electronic equipment.
All the effort to accomplish these goals will get your pulse up and your muscles working. The extra bonus is doing something for the Earth.
~Happy Earth Day!
Ellen Lang, RN, MPH
Advice is not meant as a substitute for medical advice. Contact your healthcare provider before embarking on a new exercise program or diet plan.