Normally getting our steps in, is a ‘step in the right direction’ unless it comes to our carbon footprint, which is why eco fitness aka green gyms, carbon-neutral classes, and conscious training isn’t just ‘another trend,’ it’s a necessity.
A carbon footprint is simply what negative impact our training or fitness may have on the environment. Whilst prevention is always better than cure some things may be challenging, so let’s be realistic and do our best to be eco-conscious.
People often mistakenly assume that green gyms are purely outdoor pursuits when in fact, a new wave of purpose-filled people are wanting to ensure that their training reflects their ethics and that the gyms and classes they attend make a conscious effort to reduce their impact on the environment.
So whether you’re training or working in the fitness industry, here are some top tips to help combat climate change.
7 ways to train ethically:
– Download charity apps such as Charity Miles “for your training. The app tracks your stance and donates money to your chosen charity for every mile you move. The Nature Conservancy, The National Park Foundation and WWF are among those you can pick,” explains the Evening Standard.
- Use reuseable bottles for water refills, reusable coffee cups, make your own protein shakes/smoothies and use your own shaker and prep food for tupperware rather than takeaways
- Ethical gym wear clothing: Shop for ethical brands from vegan trainers to recycled fabrics
– Reduce travel i.e. walk or jog to the gym rather than drive or catch a bus
– Maybe swap your fitness or yoga retreat abroad for somewhere closer to home
– Adjust your diet: Eat more plant-based can be great for your health and it needn’t cost the earth too. Buy groceries from surplus food projects or your local allotment for example.
– Train outdoors more: From your garden to park or just going on a walk or jog is simple, easy and gives you chance to stretch outside or do some grounding