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Stay active and pick up litter

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Daily life keeps us busy with all kinds of activities – staying healthy and making eco-conscious choices throughout every single day often requires self-discipline, especially in the phase of changing to an environmental friendlier lifestyle. To make life a little easier, we have two fun suggestions that will not only help you be kind to the environment, but also support your very own wellbeing while staying connected to a community of like-minded people.

1. Go ‘plogging’

No, that’s not a typo – ‘plogging’ describes a fitness craze that started in Sweden and has spread across the world over the last month. It is easy, addictive and highly effective! You go jogging and pick up litter on the way. Get your heart pumping and burn extra calories by bending  down to pick up trash! The health of our planet as well as your own body benefit from plogging. The best part is that it can be a social activity and is suitable for both urban and rural locations. Find a group of ploggers via social media or start your own and go for a jog e.g. along the beach, around your neighbourhood, on a trail in a park or forest nearby and pick up litter.  Be inspired by these 10 ploggers sharing what they find in one workout on social media.

2. Let rivers, lakes and the ocean be your playground

Whether you prefer to go under water for a snorkel or dive, or stay above water, e.g. on a paddle board or kayak – bring a litter picker and tie a refuse sack around your wrist or hip to put put away any litter you come across. Join a plastic patrol and help clean up our waters – every single piece of litter matter. Watch the example of kayak tours with the mission to help clean up Hoai river in Hoi An, Vietnam to see how easy it is. Kayak clean ups are also suitable for corporate initiatives or as team building activity.

Make sure to recycle and dispose the trash you pick up during any of the above activities properly. Only then you can ensure that you have helped to provide a cleaner planet for our current and future generation.

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Going Green with Your Fitness Regime

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Fitness Routine

Get fit and stay healthy. That is our motto and New Year resolution for 2017!

Upgrading your fitness routine to the next level also helps to protect our planet. Here are some of our favourite eco-friendly fitness tips to help you to ‘go green’ with your workout:

 

Green commute

GREEN YOUR COMMUTE

Reduce your carbon footprint while you exercise. If possible, try walking, jogging or riding a bicycle to the gym or your next destination whilst getting your heart rate up at the same time. If it’s too far, not safe or simply impractical then choose public transport if possible or try to join a carpooling scheme with your fitness friends. Services such as uberPOOL make it easier to carpool and cut down on your fuel costs. And having a gym buddy is an instant incentive to keep up with your fitness goals! Read more on how to commute green to get lean, and how to commute in an eco-friendly way.

 

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The author enjoyed a grand sunrise atop Mount Yotei, Japan. 2016.

TAKE YOUR WORKOUT OUTSIDE

Exercising outdoors is a low cost, enjoyable and cheap and green way to take your health to the next level. Instead of increasing your energy consumption via home or gym exercise machines, take advantage of running, hiking or biking trails in your area. For some motivation, check out AppCrawlr’s recommendations for the best outdoor fitness apps.

 

fitness gear

USE ECO-FRIENDLY FITNESS GEAR

Choose products that are made of sustainable, recycled or earth-friendly fabrics. Here are 11 great picks for eco-friendly workout clothes. Remember to always carry a reusable bottle or hydration pack for your water, tea or sports drinks.

 

Local products at street market

MAINTAIN ENERGY LEVELS WITH SUSTAINABLE FOODS 

Fuel your body with organic energy bars, fresh fruit, and juices before or during your workout. You can also get vitamins and nutrients from locally grown produce and help to cut down on environmental waste.

 

Earth Day Run 2015 (Photo courtesy of National Geographic Channel)

Earth Day Run 2015 (Photo courtesy of National Geographic Channel)

 RUN FOR A GOOD CAUSE

Isn’t it wonderful when your fitness regime also benefits those in need? Sign up for a running event that supports ‘green’ cause. Check out details of your local Earth Day Run. Your registration fee benefits the organisation that helps to make a difference for local communities and environments.

 

DONATE YOUR SNEAKERS

When your sneakers are worn out – don’t throw them away. Donate them. Give your shoes new life with Nike’s Reuse-A-Shoe, a programme that recycles and transforms athletic shoes into surfaces for tracks, playgrounds, basketball and tennis courts.

Stay fit, stay healthy and help your local community and environment.

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