The Earth is Your Gym: Green Workouts for All

School’s almost here. Which means you might be focused on looking your best in your back-to-school gear.

We all know that some of the best clean-air choices—walking and biking—are great workout choices too. But how else can a tree hugger like yourself get fit? By thinking outside of the box. (Or, to put a finer point on it, “by thinking outside of the compostable recycled cardboard packing crate.”)

So, aspiring environmentalists, try these on for size. Go green or go home!

News flash: You don’t need expensive weights to tone up. That recycling bin will do just fine. Lugging a heavy crate is a great calorie-burner. And if you’re not satisfied with low intensity of just carrying it to the end of the driveway, you could always dead-lift it over your head a few reps to really feel the burn. Maybe even throw in some lunges on your way down to the curb.

And just think: The more you recycle, the heavier the bin—and the better the workout!



Tree Planting
What’s better for the air than trees? Nothing, that’s what. Trees are nature’s air purifiers, and we’ll take as many of them as we can get. And, wouldn’t you know, planting a tree is a great way to work up a sweat.



Tree Hugging
Yes, we eco-hippies love nothing better  than hugging a good tree. But who knew that you could burn calories doing it? The bigger the hug, the better the workout. Go on. Show those trees some love.



Changing Light Bulbs
How many environmentalists does it take to change a light bulb? Jury’s still out. But YOU can burn a few bonus calories by going around your house and switching out all the old light bulbs for Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs (CFLs).

Compact fluorescent light bulbs use two-thirds less energy than standard bulbs to provide the same amount of light, and they last up to 10 times longer. According to EnergyStar, if every American home replaced just one light bulb with a CFL, we could prevent 9 billion pounds of greenhouse gas emissions per year, equivalent to those from about 800,000 cars.

Yeah, that’s a pretty worthwhile workout.



So, clearly, going green offers a LOT of hidden potential for getting fit. Don’t burn gas driving to the gym. Walk, bike or run (or hug trees, or change light bulbs) at home! Just remember to hydrate with a reusable water bottle.

Got a favorite workout? Got ideas for making it green? Let us know in the comments below. And don’t forget to log your air-friendly workouts into the AirCreds tool for points and prizes!