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5 top tips to stay on track of your fitness goals, with the environment in mind

We've all heard the phrase 'new year, new you’. And the unfortunate reality of it is that many of us don't end up seeing out our new year's goals. Research has found only 7% of people actually complete them.

Why not flip it and give your goals a purpose by making your fitness goals link in being kinder to the environment. Keeping yourself in good physical shape is a key part of a ustainable lifestyle, but not all workout routines are inherently eco-friendly.

With that in mind, here’s how you can hit your fitness goals, while also being kind to the environment.


Gym clothes are a necessity for any fitness goal, but synthetics are not.

Choose workout clothes made from sustainable materials like cotton, wool, hemp, bamboo, and recycled polyester. Support sustainable athleticwear brands and make your workout outine more eco-friendly.


A plog is the combination of ‘plocka’ (the Swedish word for ‘to pick’) and jog. It means to pick up rubbish while you jog, and it’s a simple way to pick up your fitness while you tidy up your community. Join a local plogging group or organise your own session. Not only will you be improving your fitness, but you'll also be making a positive impact on the environment.


Exercising outdoors is the simplest and most effective way to make your routine more eco-friendly. Although a growing number of gyms are adopting green practices, the natural world will always be the best place to work out.

Walking/running: Explore local parks and trails for scenic outdoor workouts.

Cycling: An excellent outdoor workout and a sustainable means of transportation.

Hiking: A great way to gain a new appreciation for the environment whilst achieving your goals.

Swimming: Something less strenuous on your bones and joints than weight training.

Group classes: Many group exercise classes take place outdoors because of the wide open spaces and motivating scenery. Who needs a fitness studio when you can work out on a lawn of fresh grass?

Your daily commute: Cities across the world have invested in new walking and cycling routes to help commuters and pedestrians. Consider walking or riding your bike to work instead of driving.

Get the right gear and equipment for your hiking adventures, invest in a sustainable bike and accessories to make your cycling experience even more enjoyable, or join outdoor group classes in your area.


Electronic workout equipment might be convenient, but it’s not great for the environment. The average treadmill draws 15 to 20 amps of electricity every hour at moderate speeds, which is more than most home appliances.

Here are other types of workout equipment with a minimal environmental impact:


To make a more positive impact, you must buy fewer single-use products, starting with plastic water bottles. Switch to a nonplastic reusable version during your workouts. Your plastic waste and water usage will significantly decrease.

Sustainability is one of the driving forces behind the Hapi Bottles and Chilly Bottles craze sweeping the nation. In addition to producing no plastic waste, these stainless steel bottles provide pinpoint temperature control and are completely leakproof.

Train for yourself and the environment

Implementing these tips into your workout routine helps you stay fit while being kind to the environment. Visit MyActiveDiscounts for discounts on fitness clothing, equipment, and accessories. Take action now and make a positive impact on your health and the environment.

Author: Demi Cross, Digital Manager, MyActiveDiscounts

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