Have you ever thought of making your workout more environmentally friendly? The truth is, a routine that does your body good doesn’t always do the same for the environment. That convenient stash of plastic water bottles and a long, steamy shower may seem like must haves, but this Earth Day, we’re taking a look at working out from the planet’s perspective. Booking your classes through ClassPass gives you the lowdown on every studio, including distance and amenities available, so you can make sure all your class preparations are eco-friendly! Here are our top 5 ways to greenify your workout!
- Reuse Your Water Bottle.
Plastic water bottles are one of the most prominent pollutants on Earth. Not only do they create a ton of waste, making them takes three times the amount of water it does to fill them. Bottles made from aluminum, stainless steel and BPA-free plastic are all great choices for eco-friendly thirst quenching—and they make adorable accessories!
- Skip The Disposable Towels.
Many studios and gyms offer wet wipes to clean off equipment. Unfortunately, while those are convenient for us, they’re not so convenient for the environment, since most of them aren’t recyclable. Instead, opt for a bottle of cleaning solution and a reusable towel. If you don’t see one, ask at the front desk!
- Master The Quick Shower.
More than two gallons per minute flow down the drain from the moment you turn on your shower. As our planet becomes plagued by increasing water shortages and droughts, saving water and energy used to make that water super steamy is more important than ever. If you just love taking long, hot showers, try setting a timer on your phone to speed them up just a bit. The earth will thank you for it!
- Walk Or Bike To Class.
Embrace fresh air and a chance to add to your exercise for the day! Not only will this benefit your overall health, but it also cuts down on greenhouse gas emissions from automobiles. And every little bit counts!
- Recycle Your Fitness Gear.
Ready for new workout clothes? Before you toss your old wardrobe, assess the condition of each item. Many thrift stores will take fitness clothing and equipment that’s gently used or in good condition.
A version of this post originally appeared on The Warm Up by ClassPass. ClassPass is a new kind of gym membership that grants you access to thousands of different classes at studios and gyms in your city and around the world. Learn more today!