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5 Environmentally Friendly Health Tips for Earth Day


Posted by Jack A under General on 22 April 2012 at 8:00 AM

To celebrate Earth Day here are 5 ways in which you can become healthier whilst preserving the environment too:

  1. Change your commute - cycle, walk, run your way to work rather than driving or using public transport. Take control of your own time - never again will you sit waiting in traffic or on a stationary train, if you're late it's only because you didn't pedal hard enough! We've got some amazing Challenges to help you change your commute and it all goes towards your 30 minutes of physical activity a day!
  2. Gym-free for 365 days; why run on a treadmill when there's a road - driving to a gym to run, cycle and climb the stairs statically? You'll find the road, the park and hills can all be found outside for free (financially and ecologically!). If you really can't bear the idea of being without your gym then check out eco-gyms; human powered gyms which harness the energy you use on the equipment to power the gyms, former-president of the first eco-gym Steve Clinefelter states:

    "If a person spends one hour per day running on the machine, he/she could generate 18.2 kilowatts of electricity and prevent 4,380 liters of CO2 released per year"

  3. Take the stairs not the elevator or escalator:

    Did you know that one ascending escalator in the London Underground actually produces more CO2 than one of the trains if they were both travelling one kilometre!
    A 15m ascending escalator, running for 20 hours service each day produces 220kg of CO2, so over one year that is more than 80,000kg; the equivalent of a standard family car with one occupant driving 400,000km! 
    Click here for more of the maths.
  4. Watch what you eat;  eat seasonal food Eating strawberries in December? Avocado in March? These products will either have been grown in heated greenhouses or will have been flown in from all over the world.  
    Take time to think about the amount of energy that goes into different foods; if you are worried about your impact on the environment one of the single most effective things that you can do is to reduce the amount of meat that you eat, or even cut meat out of your diet all together! 

    Try replacing the meat in some meals with vegetables (there are hundreds of recipes for amazing vegetable currys!) or if you are buying meat try to buy meat from local or sustainable farms.
    Get your best recipe swaps here!
  5. Give plants not flowers (ok so not exactly health related) - giving a bunch of roses on Valentine’s day or a bouquet for a birthday? These products could have been grown in heated greenhouses or have been flown in from all over the world. In 2010 one in three roses bought in the UK were imported from Kenya, a total distance of over 5000 miles! Maybe treat that special someone to a selection of plants that will last a bit longer than a week, who can resist a Mojito using mint that you have grown yourself?

Your small changes can make a BIG difference!

What will you do to make your life greener this year?