Updated: Apr 22
Many sports take place outdoors. Whether you are a scuba diver or surfer noticing the increasing amount of plastic waste in the ocean or an outdoor sports lover seeing litter in nature, you probably noticed the negative impact humans have on the environment.
You're a sports enthusiast and want to give a helping hand to the environment and you're asking yourself how we can change our exercise routine to not only keep ourselves healthy and fit, but also our planet? Then you've come to the right place.
1. Reusable Water Bottles
The world produces more than 300 million tons of plastic every year and more than 8 million tons are dumped in our oceans. Plastic takes hundreds of years to decompose.
It's simple to bring a water bottle with you for your workout, whether it's in the gym or in the outdoor. Not only will you do the world a favor, but you will also help your wallet by saving money. Refilling it in the gym will probably be free too!
By having a reusable bottle on you, you're not only reducing your carbon footprint, but also making sure you keep yourself hydrated at all times.
2. Switching up your transportation method
Are you trying to cut some fat and go to the gym to do cardio?
Then make the journey a part of the workout! Taking your car everywhere you go isn't always necessary. The transport sector attributes to 23% of the globe's greenhouse gas emmissions from burning fossil fuels.
If the journey is too long, then consider using other alternatives, such as: eletric scooter, electric Bike, bicycle or electric car. You will also save a lot of money by having to spend less on fuel.
3. Clear up your workout wardrobe
Living in a fast fashion industry where when you want, you get; it's easy to get overwhelmed into buying lots of clothing. At the end of the day, you can only wear one set of clothes at a time. So, invest in durable and quality sportswear instead of a large quantity of cheap clothing.
Bad quality fibers and cheap manufacturing causes the clothing to release the toxic chemicals that were used in the making. It's bad for the environment and for you.
So, start getting rid of those older clothes, recycle them, give them away. And when you do need a new set of sportswear, consider buying from brands that use sustainable fabrics.
4. Eat less meat
We all know how important protein is to a balanced and healthy diet. However, getting that protein from meat isn't the only option, even if you were looking to build some muscle mass. The meat negatively affects our planet, such as: deforestation, climate change, animal cruelty, greenhouse emission and the list goes on...
Reducing your meat consumption, especially red meat, can have a tremendous impact on the planet.
There are a lot of alternatives to meat. If you're looking for a protein source, try eating foods such as beans, tofu, chickpeas, lentils...
Once again, you will save money and stop supporting the dark side of the meat industry. You can have a balanced and healthy diet, and even make some gains without needing to eat meat.
5. Save Water
We take drinkable water for granted. The majority of people believe that we have an abundant amount of water. I don't blame them for thinking this, as about 71% of the planet is covered in water.
However, only 0.5% of it is accessible and drinkable. Cape Town has already reached the 'Day Zero' water crisis where water municipal supplies have been cut off, and a lot of people don't have access to drinkable water.
So next time you come back from your workout, consider taking shorter showers and cut the running water from the sink when you don't need it.
What are you doing to keep yourself and your planet healthy?