We all want to take care of ourselves, but with the fall semester picking up, it can be hard to stay in shape. Here’s our guide to improving your fitness while reducing your footprint!
Stay at home
You don’t have to set aside time to go to the gym when you have everything you need for a great workout at home. All you need is a bit of space and some motivation. Do squats while binge-watching your favorite show, or guide yourself through a private yoga session. Not only does this save time, but it also cuts down on the energy spent getting to the gym and using their equipment. Here’s a great list of equipment-free exercises to get your started.
Get some fresh air
The easiest way to squeeze in your cardio is to lace up your sneakers and start running! Apart from the physical and mental benefits of trading in the treadmill for running outdoors, skipping the treadmill or stationary bike reduces your energy consumption. Take a jog around campus, or check out one of Philly’s trails. If you’re not a runner, biking is a great way to get in shape while getting around. And on those rainy days that just won’t clear up, head to Pearson McGonigle to check out our green cardio machines that use your energy to power the building.
Gear up green
There’s a lot of fitness products on the market. Before you rack up your bill at the Nike store, check your local thrift shop for used workout clothing. Dumbbells are another common thrift shop find. When your sneakers wear thin, try to buy a pair made from recycled materials. If nothing else, buy a reusable water bottle to fuel your workouts and reduce your plastic consumption.
A few small changes are all it takes to keep yourself and the planet healthy!