Reducing the energy consumption for my household is always a top priority. As a result, keeping fit with fitness machines that require power is simply not an option. With this in mind I’d like to explore eco-friendly ways to keep fit.
I have never really understood why we use treadmills or why they are so popular. My only thought is the ability to watch a TV during your run or how easily the machine is able to track your progress.
If you use a treadmill four times a week with a total distance of 10 miles, this would use around 0.60 KWH. Over the year this totals to over 3,000 KWH, with energy costing around $40. You also need to factor in the purchase of the machine and the process of manufacturing, delivery, etc.
The obvious eco solution is to simply go for a run or walk outside. It doesn’t matter where you live, there is always a place to run. All you require is a decent pair of shoes, shorts and a t-shirt.
The Gym Alternative
Inside most gymnasiums you will find a whole host of machines to help keep you fit, but the gym is not very eco-friendly as all of these machines cost money to operate. The cost of a gym membership is also not cheap, with a national average of $50 a month.
I recently discovered a more eco-friendly gym option that provides a number of solutions for keeping fit, without the use of energy-consuming machines. CrossFit is a pretty full-on workout alternative to the traditional gym. I recently attended a CrossFit session with a friend to pick up eco-friendly fitness ideas.
In addition, below is a range of equipment and exercises that don’t require electric power.
The last time I used a weight bench was back at high school. I was never a huge fan, mainly because of my small body frame. I now see the appeal of the weight bench as it only requires my own power to complete the workout process and the equipment will last for generations.
Pull Up Rack
The first piece of equipment that I noticed as I walked into the “Box” was this huge metal frame attached to the wall and the floor. I had no idea what it was going to be used for, but the combination of exercises you can complete on it is truly amazing.
It’s simple, cost effective, quick and easy to produce, but still manages to give you an excellent workout. The skipping rope is probably most renowned with boxing, but it is also a big part of CrossFit training. The skipping rope ticks every box for the eco-friendly fitness enthusiast and is one of my own personal favorite exercises.
The last thing I want to say about CrossFit is I love the simplicity of the space — if you compare it to a traditional gym you can instantly see the reduction of impact on the environment. I think everyone should consider giving up their gym memberships and building their own basic CrossFit gym at home.