Environment

Save the Earth While Burning Calories

| by Green Living Tips

Why not help the environment, save on gas, generate less greenhouse
gases and burn more calories, all at the same time? What a win-win
situation. Improving not only the health of the world, but your health
as well. Follow some of these simple ways to save the environment and
also improve your own fitness:

Walk.  

For shorter distances why not walk? Starting up the car and driving
it around the block, to the local shops, or the school, can use a lot
of fuel. Walk the kids to school. Everyone will benefit and you will be
able to listen to your children attentively instead of concentrating on
traffic. Your children will also burn up a few calories as well, which
is no bad thing with the global childhood obesity pandemic.

Riding your bike  

..for distances that are too far too walk. Riding is another
extremely environmentally friendly form of transport. You will be
amazed at how much fuel you will save in a week by biking to the office
instead of driving. Riding a bike is an excellent way to burn calories
and improve your aerobic fitness.

Taking the stairs  

...is a great substitute for a StairMaster. Your legs and butt will
get a real workout, while you in turn are not using the power needed to
drive an elevator or step machine.

Jogging and running  

....are great ways to exercise and improve aerobic fitness. Why use
your treadmill or running machine, when you can use the great outdoors
when the weather is nice? Not only are you getting fresh air in your
lungs, but also you will be reducing your power bill.

Hang your washing on the line.  

Why waste all that power when the sun can dry your wet washing for
free? Pegging up all that laundry is actually a great upper arm
workout. Drying washing on a clothesline will significantly reduce your
power bill.

Join a green gym

Why not do your workout in a "green gym". These have just started
opening up and actually use the power created from the exercise bikes
to run electrical equipment in the gym such as the TV's, stereo, and
lighting. The stationery bikes are all connected to a motor, which
captures the produced power and then utilizes it to charge batteries
used to run the smaller appliances. What a great idea, keeping fit,
burning calories, and fuelling the TV! Look out for an environmentally
conscious gym in your area soon, they are opening up all over the place.

Compost/ work in the garden

Get those arm muscles toned and strong by spreading mulch or compost
on your garden beds. Using the shovel will give you a great workout,
and the compost ensures you will not need to use quite so much water on
your garden.

Pedal your own generator.  

There are now eco-friendly generators that are powered by pedalling.
The longer you pedal, the more power you produce. 45 minutes pedalling
can produce enough energy to power a laptop, fluorescent lights and
other small electrical items. Imagine what a whole family pedalling on
one of these bike generators could power in a day.

Beach or park cleanup.  

While out walking take along a grocery bag, and pick up any trash
you spot along the way. The park will look better for your efforts and
you will feel fitter and more productive. You may want to wear heavy
duty gloves for this task to protect your hands from any penetrating
injuries.

Volunteer to help clean up your community.  

Many areas are looking for volunteers to help clean areas in their
community. You get a great workout and help save the environment.

There
are many ways to save the environment while improving your own fitness
at the same time. Burn calories not fuel or green house gases, everyone
will benefit.

About the Author:

Scott Gray is a a fitness enthusiast and web site publisher who enjoys providing fitness tips to consumers. He maintains a fitness web site where you can find tips for getting in shape and losing belly fat.


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