10 Eco-Friendly Swaps For Your Fitness Routine

FightCamp - 10 Eco-Friendly Swaps For Your Fitness Routine

Fitness is about taking care of your body. Now you can make it about taking care of the planet, too. Here are ways to make workouts environmentally friendly.

Published: November 29, 2022

Topics: Tips & Tutorials, Boxing Equipment

Author: Emma Comery

If you’re passionate about living a sustainable lifestyle with minimal harmful impact on the planet, consider these 10 ways to incorporate sustainability into your fitness and training life!

Choose Sustainably-Made Activewear

FightCamp x Fourlaps Activewear

Yes, sustainable styles can likely be a bigger investment, but that’s because they’re made with higher quality, longer-lasting materials, and the craftsmen are paid a living wage. Trendy fast fashion activewear usually goes out of style quickly and falls apart easily, often ending up being thrown away. Choosing sustainably-made workout clothing can help make a difference for the planet.

Exercise Outdoors

Fact: Biking to the grocery store is more fun! All it takes is a basket or milk crate strapped to the frame, and you have the perfect dual-purpose vehicle for shopping and working out. Summertime offers the ideal weather for sneaking in extra steps, walks, or bike rides. Slap on some sunscreen (that’s reef friendly!) and maximize your time by turning errands into workouts!

Try A Zero-Energy Workout

FightCamp - Kickboxing Workout

In today’s tech-reliant age, we know that unplugging once in a while can be a balm for our mental health. On your recovery or low-impact workout days, challenge yourself to a zero-energy workout: No phones, no TVs, no music. Just you and the workout. This is actually easier than it sounds! Swap the treadmill for the road, use dumbbells or bands instead of plug-in exercise equipment, or create your own heavy bag or shadowboxing workout to challenge your combination creativity.

Cut Down Vehicle Emissions With At-Home Workouts

As gas prices and emissions soar, working out at home has become more popular than ever. From free YouTube workouts to online fitness subscriptions, the need to spend gas and time getting to the gym simply doesn’t exist anymore. An at-home workout can be just as beneficial for your body without the hassle of getting there or equipment wait times that come with a commercial gym.

Environmentally Friendly Workout Equipment

FightCamp Punching Bag

Even if you use the same exercise equipment for years and years, eventually it will end up in a landfill somewhere. If your workout equipment is made of plastic, that’s a big chunk of non-biodegradable waste. Next time you replace your yoga mat or resistance band, look for one made with recycled and/or durable materials, like the FightCamp heavy bag.

Ditch Single-Use Plastic For A Reusable Water Bottle

Did you know a plastic water bottle takes over 450 years to decompose? But it takes less than a minute to refill a reusable water bottle! The reusable water bottle market is exploding, offering unique designs and styles for every lifestyle. There are even self-purifying and filtering water bottles so that you can ensure your water quality is not just potable—but perfect!

Swap Your Bottled Body Wash For Eco-Friendly Soap

FightCamp - Eco-Friendly Bars of Soap

Once you start looking for places to cut back on single-use plastic, you’ll see a thousand opportunities to make a sustainable swap. Consider swapping your bottled body wash for eco-friendly bars of soap. These products are widely sold and use natural ingredients and are compact by design packaging to reduce their carbon emissions.

Minimize Water Waste With Dry Shampoo

Washing your hair after every workout uses lots of water (plus, it’s not great for your scalp). Opt for a shorter post-workout shower by replacing your bottled shampoo with powder or aerosol-free dry shampoo. Dry shampoo has really come a long way in recent years, and there are plenty of environmentally-conscious brands that will help you refresh your look after a workout.

Make Your Own Protein Shakes

FightCamp - Protein shakes

Pre-made protein shakes often come with excess packaging that adds up in your trash or recycling bin. Homemade protein shakes take minutes to make, and can usually be made with frozen fruit or nuts that you already have in your fridge or pantry. If you really want to minimize packaging, skip the store-bought protein powders and opt for “Costco size” Greek yogurt, cottage cheese, nuts, or seeds that are high in protein.

Meal Prep With Environmentally-Friendly Storage Containers

Cooking at home cuts down on packaging and gas emissions created by the meal prep kit industry. Look for sustainably made reusable food containers instead of single-use plastic containers or bags. Reusable and washable beeswax wraps have taken the market by storm, and can usually be found at your local grocery store.

Train Like a Fighter

Take your workouts to the next level and train like a fighter with the at-home connected fitness solution used by world champion boxers Mike Tyson and Floyd Mayweather. FightCamp has everything you need to work out on your schedule, with premium boxing equipment and hundreds of on-demand strength, conditioning, kickboxing, boxing, core, and recovery classes led by real fighters. As Mike Tyson said - “FightCamp is the next level of training!”

Emma Comery

Emma Comery is a freelance writer, working toward her MFA in Nonfiction at Old Dominion University. She fell in love with Thai Boxing during the pandemic, and regularly trains at her local UFC gym.

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