Fitness & Health

Staying healthy and fit doesn't just get your blood pumping and boost your chances of seeing your great-grandchildren graduate from college. Mother Earth benefits as well. After all, the healthier your lifestyle (meaning fewer toxic products at home and more time spent in the serenity of nature toning up and trimming down), the healthier the planet and the more likely you'll be to keep it that way. On the flip side, the more beloved and healthy the planet (meaning untainted water, air, and soil), the better your health.

Unfortunately, staying in tip-top shape can be a decidedly ungreen endeavor. Everything from your workout clothes (often laced with earth- and human-unfriendly chemicals, such as GORE-TEX and Teflon)[1] to how you get to the yoga studio (even a short two-and-a-half-mile drive releases about 3.3 pounds of carbon dioxide roundtrip)[2] can be a health-buster for the earth. What's more, all the cardio kickboxing in the world won't keep you or the environment robust if the air you regularly breathe is fouled with toxins and other indoor air pollutants.

Be good to yourself while being good to the earth with GreenYour's eco-guide to staying in shape:

Fitness & Health