Less Waste Health & Fitness

Things have been a busy blur of work and travel this month. So I’m excited to get back to posting some new posts for you all this year!

I am working hard to keep to my fitness goals for the year like most people, but since starting my less waste journey I have had to rethink some of the my old habits. Pre-packed plastic food, fast fashion athletic gear and plastic water bottles were things of my past, not my future. So here are some of the ways I look to avoid trashing my fitness goals.

Shop for Fitness Gear Used

REI Used Gear

Lots of stores sell used weights and workout equipment, this can save you money if you plan to workout at home. I think finding a local used store is your best option but places like Discount Online Fitness or other options when searching used gym equipment is at your fingertips online. Just be sure you know what you are getting and research the company a little before making a large purchase. REI Co-op offers “garage sales” from time to time of used items for their members that you can score some pretty nice gear for those that enjoy things like hiking or climbing. You can always check out their used section online as well. Used media such as DVDs and Blu-rays are usually easy to find. If that is too dated for you, try some YouTube videos online.

Gently used clothing can be an easy way to stock up on expensive nice brands of athletic apparel. If there is a particular brand you are looking for check out places like ThredUp, Swap.com or Poshmark where you can do a search for the brand name.

Purchase Sustainable fitness Clothing

If secondhand clothing is not an option, try looking for brands that support sustainability and repurpose things like single-use water bottles to create something new. Something like a sports bra in my case had to be the right fit or my fitness experience would suffer. I was impressed with something like the SheFit sports bra that offers great support and arrives in a laundry mesh bag rather than plastic. It is also built to easily remove sections for breastfeeding for those new moms out there!

Join a Gym

If you know you are not going to be successful workout at home, try a gym. It saves you purchasing all the equipment and no distractions. Most gyms will give you free trial or offer a few personal trainer lessons. Just be sure this is something you will truly do, sign up for the minimum and work up so as not to waste money and time stressing. Know the cancelation policy if it doesn’t work out.

Reusable Water Bottle

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Speaking of single use water bottles… save yourself the money and the hassle and go reusable. We don’t need the planet to suffer more, single use is not needed. Get something that won’t easily spill and keep it with your workout gear so you won’t forget it. Happen to forget? Most gyms have water fountains that you can grab a sip when you need it.

Workout in Nature

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Take your workout outside. Go for a run or bike ride on a trail. Go for a hike on the weekend. Depending where you live see if an outdoor option will work for you. Just be sure to wear some sunscreen when soaking up some vitamin D.

Ditch the Car

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Try commuting to work by bike or if you live close enough, walk there. If not work, are there other places you can use your feet to get you there rather than by vehicle? Try walking to a close restaurant for a meal and drink or start taking your dog for a daily walk. The more you move and get in the habit the more your body will thank you.

Meal Prep

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Knowing what meals you are going to make for the week can help you control what you purchase and how much of it. Plan ahead and be sure to make a list of everything you will need. Check your cabinets and fridge before shopping to be sure you don’t purchase something you already have. The goal is to avoid food waste so be sure you don’t go overboard, start slow so it becomes routine.

This also helps you avoid pre-packaged plastic frozen meals. I can’t say I have ditched these completely because I don’t always have the currency of time, but most of the time I have only two stored away in the freezer in-case I just can’t get to a meal that day or something in my schedule changes.

Pack a Meal

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Eating out is expensive and can wreak havoc on your diet. Packing a meal to go will help you avoid plastic, like wrappers, and manage portion control so you know exactly what you are eating. Be sure to pack utensils and a reusable napkin if you have them.

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My name is Kate and I'm a world traveler looking to make a positive impact by reducing my waste and single plastic use.