Most people these days seem to want to pack themselves into gyms, hitting the weights hard and using all sorts of non-renewable resources in the process. The average American goes through close to 12 water bottles a week. The waste that this creates is just extremely intense. There is no reason that someone should be creating this type of waste simply for getting out to exercise. Because we feel so passionately about this, we’ve listed 5 different exercise options below that are geared to getting you back out into the outdoors and having fun while you are doing it. Let’s face it – if you aren’t having fun and seeing results when you workout, you probably won’t do it.
Without further delay, here are 5 exercises that will get you both outdoors and in shape:
A good run never hurt anyone. In fact, most runners have extremely high metabolisms and can eat a little more liberally than people that don’t run consistently. It’s not an excuse for you to go out and eat Big Macs on a Routine Basis, but it will give you a great baseline to start your outdoor workout. Best part is that running is free, and as long as you keep recycling those sneakers for the next 10 years, it produces minimal waste, qualifying this as a great green exercise.
While you might argue that biking isn’t the most “economically friendly” outdoor activity, it’s definitely green. Typically bikers produce less waste than almost any other type of outdoor enthusiast. Riding your bike just 5 miles per day has proven to be an effective way to both promote heart health as well as help most people drop body fat and get in great shape.
Live near a lake or river? Kayaking is an amazing way to get out and get into shape. If you have a partner, you can get out and enjoy the world on the water with a twin kayak, or if you like to fish, you can go find yourself the best fishing kayak for your needs and enjoy two different sets of outdoor activities to get in shape. There are also competition kayaks that are more geared towards people looking to get into racing kayaks competitively.
Live near the ocean? It’s no coincidence that people that like to surf are generally in great shape. Not only is surfing an enjoyable sport, it’s extremely green and most surfers enjoy a very ecologically balanced lifestyle. Surfing is one of the few sports that will not only burn calories, but keep you coming back to the water for years to come. You just need to live near an ocean to truly enjoy it.
Cheap, effective, and pretty much free – swimming is one of the best ways to keep yourself fit and if you live near a community pool or lake, there’s a good chance there will be absolutely zero cost to you in order to pick it up as a fitness hobby. Swimming is one of the most ecologically friendly exercising options you can participate in, as long as you aren’t bringing along loads of pre-packaged snacks with non-biodegradable wrapping to counter balance your attempt at getting more green on the exercise front.
Overall, these are all great options, and you will have to decide what’s best for you. Any of them are fantastic and should keep you green and fit for years to come.