2009 in America brought about a welcome trend of reduction in excess for most of us. It also seemed like a pivotal year for people taking a closer look at their lives, their waste, their carbon footprint.
In the fitness industry facilities worldwide have stepped forward in making their environments more green and eco-friendly. On a large scale, Seattle’s Total Body Turnaround is the world’s first green micro-gym. Generators connected to cardio equipment actually use the client’s movement and sweat to create power for the gym’s radio system or DVD players. On a much smaller scale, we at DIAKADI have installed large compost and recycle cans all around the gym next to smaller trash bins labeled as ‘Land Fill’ in hopes of keeping all those coffee cups and plastic disposables out of the landfills. It does not cease to amaze me how many training facilities are not only without recycling cans, but even more, filled with MILLIONS of plastic bottles for sale.
We have also started unplugging all cardio or electric equipment at closing in order to conserve energy. Letting thousands of treadmill screens flash all night long every night is wasting energy all across the United States every day! Irecommend each of you ask your own training centers what they are doing to do their part in an eco-friendly world.Fill out a comment card each week asking for greener practices until you begin to see some of them taking place.
Now even more importantly, each of us needs to be doing our part! One of the most important being to stop buying those plastic bottles of ANYTHING! If you are buying plastic bottles of water every day at the gym, then save some money and save the world. You can buy a SIGG type metal water bottle (DO NOT USE A PLASTIC BOTTLE UNLESS LEACH RESISTANT PLASTIC) and buy a water filter for your home and fill it before going to the gym. If you are buying plastic bottles of energy drinks, turbo tea, supplemented water, save the environment and save your body by drinking water instead. (See my TRENDS article on processed foods for more info on this advice.)
Secondly, get out of your car. Walk or bike to work. Use your bike to run errands on weekends. Instead of driving store to store, park at one and walk to the rest. You are ‘saving’ 2 birds with one stone here – your health and the environment.
Lastly, make a commitment again to your body and health as well as to the environment by committing to ONLY buying organically grown fruits and vegetables (I say fruits and vegetables here because I do not recommend the purchase of any processed foods organic or otherwise), naturally and organically raised meats and animal products. Organic farming/ranching practices help protect our soil, our water and our people while limiting the toxins exposed to our bodies and raising the levels of vitamins and trace elements in our food. This is a Win – Win all around.
If any of these practices seem like a big change for you, then I recommend trying to do one new thing every four weeks until you have made your life greener and healthier.