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January 06, 2011

Green Your Fitness: Get Outdoors

Running outside in winter New Year’s resolutions aside, this is a great time of year to focus on physique. This week’s tips, then, will give you ideas about how to get fit in the greenest of ways.

Tip #3: Get Outside Already!

This isn’t just an aesthetic decree. It’s a practical one that’ll actually save a good amount of fossil-fuel energy. Running on a motorized treadmill is the equivalent of leaving 50 CFLs on while you exercise. Running outside? Priceless. For some, though, neighborhood or weather makes it hard to step out for a jog (though, really, it’s almost never too cold to exercise outside). If that’s you, wise up your gym routine: use human-powered machines instead of electric ones, choose facilities that have green measures in place, and encourage managers to run the joint more sustainably.

Tell us: Do you exercise outside? If so, where?

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