How to make your gym routine more sustainable

How to make your gym routine more sustainable

Staying in shape while keeping our planet in shape? Yes, please!

Many gyms don’t always do everything they could to reduce their impact on the environment but luckily, there is a lot that you can do yourself to make your daily gym routine a lot more sustainable. By choosing the right gym and taking some key steps once you’re there, you can reduce the amount of waste you produce, limit the use of toxic chemicals, stop contributing to plastic pollution and have an overall positive impact on our environment.

Choosing the most eco-friendly gym #ecogym

You might already be signed up for a gym membership but if you are only just choosing which one to go with, you can reduce your impact drastically just with this choice. Firstly, there are some eco-friendly gyms available and more coming in a variety of different locations. If you have this option of a gym that’s powered by solar energy, makes use of machines to light up or air-condition its rooms or provides package-free refreshments, it surely makes for a great option. However, this is not strictly true if you would have to spend a long time commuting to this gym, as your carbon footprint could quickly ramp up.
Therefore, make sure to consider both the sustainability of the gym itself and how much fuel it will take to get there – it’s not just about the sustainability of the gym itself!

Cut your shower time

ong do you spend in the shower at the gym? Cutting down on your shower time could help make your gym routine much more sustainable! As satisfying as a long post-workout shower may feel, turn off the tap a little earlier to help save one of our most vital resources – water. This may be the last step of your gym routine, but that doesn’t make it any less important.

Avoid the refreshments

You might already be signed up for a gym membership but if you are only just choosing which one to go with, you can reduce your impact drastically just with this choice. Firstly, there are some eco-friendly gyms available and more coming in a variety of different locations. If you have this option of a gym that’s powered by solar energy, makes use of machines to light up or air-condition its rooms or provides package-free refreshments, it surely makes for a great option. However, this is not strictly true if you would have to spend a long time commuting to this gym, as your carbon footprint could quickly ramp up.
Therefore, make sure to consider both the sustainability of the gym itself and how much fuel it will take to get there – it’s not just about the sustainability of the gym itself!

Invest in sustainable workout apparel #ecapparel

Here’s the problem with most conventional workout apparel – it is made unsustainably and unethically like most fast fashion is nowadays. The majority of it is also made from synthetic materials which are, essentially, plastic. Not only do these come from crude oil, but whenever they are washed, they also release microscopic plastic particles into the grey-water. Our current wastewater treatment technologies are unable to filter these particles out and so they have become a part of our water cycle and even make their way back into our home in tap water.
So, what’s the alternative? Choose apparel from companies who use natural fibers such as organic cotton or linen. Polyester can also be substituted with plant-based synthetic materials which help you skip on the plastic but get the same feeling of workout apparel – lyocell has been the most prominent one in the market but there are more to watch out for. Lastly, don’t forget about companies using old plastic bottles or bags to make their apparel, helping get rid of the waste we have already created on this planet.

Clean up naturally

Most gyms only offer harsh cleaners for their machines – if you want to skip on some of the toxic chemicals found in conventional cleaners, bring your own! It’s much easier than it sounds, just mix equal parts alcohol and water with a few drops of your favorite essential oil and pour in a spray bottle that you can use alongside a natural fibre cloth. Just make sure to check with your gym, in case they have any particular requirements for cleaning in place in order to stop the spread of the virus – while vinegar alone is enough to clean up after your regular workout, it is not antiviral.

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