Fuel Your Workout…Naturally!

    A woman holding a Pilates ring on the floor during a Pilates gym classBefore you commit to workout programs that depend on massive electricity usage, automotive transportation and new gear, wait. There’s a more eco-friendly way to go about your daily grind of staying fit.

    If you are trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle there’s no reason you should forgo your eco-consciousness. There are several items made from sustainable materials that also provide impressive alternatives to traditional work out equipment. From shoes to water bottles, there’s always an earth friendly choice. And what’s more convenient, private or difficult to avoid than your own living room?

    Here are a few environment-conscious ways to maintain excitement and motivation for healthy living.

    Burn Calories, Not Gasoline

    Bike, ride a scooter, or walk to work, the store, or the gym. In fact, you could skip the gym and bike or walk for your workout. Riding at a moderate pace for 30 minutes burns about 220 calories. A brisk, 20-minute walk knocks off about 90. Cutting car time also reduces pollution so you — and everyone else — can breathe easier.

    Soothe Sore Muscles

    Treat yourself to a massage: It relaxes muscles, helps your body release natural painkillers, and may boost your immune system. Other natural remedies include heat, stretching, and rest.

    Stay Home

    Doing yoga, Pilates, or other exercises at home is convenient, inexpensive, and easy on the environment. Be creative about fitting activity into your routine: Try exercising while watching a favorite TV show, play tag with your children, garden, mow the lawn, or put on some music and dance while you clean house.

    Reuse Water Bottles

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