It’s not always easy to accomplish multiple life goals at once, but if you want to lose some extra pounds and go green at the same time, you’re in luck. These goals are easily attainable through simultaneous actions like making healthy, sustainable choices in diet, clothing and exercise. If you want to become environmentally conscious while losing that weight, consider these options.
Invest Wisely in Exercise Equipment
In addition to saving the environment and losing weight, most people like to save money, too. You can accomplish all three goals by investing wisely in your exercise equipment. Many homes have unused Bowflex equipment and weights sitting around.
Before you buy expensive equipment or even a gym membership, think about whether you’ll use it in the future to maintain your goal weight. One way to determine this involves looking at other uses for equipment. “Dog Whisperer” Cesar Millan recommends using treadmills to exercise dogs under supervision. The Wii Fit Plus is an entertaining exercise tool that can be used by the entire family.
It’s important to stay hydrated while you’re getting fit, no matter what the season. Instead of buying bottled water at the grocery store, save money and resources by using an eco-friendly water bottle. If you do consume bottled water, make an effort to recycle the water bottles.
Eating Well Tastes Good
You may have to repeat it as a mantra, but it’s true: eating well tastes good. Cutting back on beef is healthier for most individuals looking to drop pounds-and it’s also good for the environment. Once you start looking for healthy alternatives to replace red meat and fast food, you’ll likely find that you enjoy some healthy foods while others bother you.
I avoided Japanese food until I decided to make an effort to eat better. Now I can’t get enough edamame (delicious boiled soybeans). Using just the right amount of salt on edamame also encourages me to drink water with my meal as it makes me thirsty. Since doing this, I’ve noticed serious improvement in my digestion.
When you start to work out, you’ll likely become more aware of the environment; you may even feel more in tune with it. If you jog, you may notice that air in one location is harder to breathe than air just a mile or two down the road. This greater awareness is an excellent way to help yourself make healthier choices for yourself and the environment.
Congratulations on your desire to make healthier choices for the environment and your body. Before you make any changes, always consult your physician.