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Exercise is Good for the Earth, Good for the Body

by User Not Found | Aug 01, 2011
Celebrate Earth Day through simple physical activity measures

INDIANAPOLIS – One strategy for going green this Earth Day can be as simple as lacing up a pair of tennis shoes, says the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), the world’s largest sports medicine and exercise science organization.

Choosing environmentally friendly options that are good for the body as well as the planet is a simple, effective way to celebrate Earth Day on Wednesday and every day, according to ACSM President Mindy Millard-Stafford, Ph.D., FACSM.

“Physical activity is undeniably ‘green,’” Millard-Stafford said. “The environmental benefits that result from changes like biking instead of driving to work are significant, and the health gains from incorporating exercise into a daily lifestyle are an added bonus to personal health and wellness.”

ACSM recommends a variety of ways to go green with exercise:

  • Practice active commuting. Prevent pollutants and save on gas by biking to work or walking to the store. And start an environmentally friendly trend with your kids through active commuting, too: studies show that only 15 percent of kids walk to bike to school. Take advantage of this underutilized opportunity to encourage future generations to both go green and go healthy.  For more on “active commuting” for kids, see www.acsm.org/activecommuting.
  • Use less energy (but more of yours). Take the stairs over the elevator or escalator. Go for a walk instead of watching TV after dinner. Replace computer time with activity time. These changes save on electricity and boost your daily activity at the same time.
  • “Walkpool” to lunch. Instead of driving to your favorite eateries with your coworkers, choose locales that are close by and walk instead. Make healthy eating choices that are organic and locally grown, if possible, to benefit both you and the planet.
  • Contact your local officials. If your city or community isn’t conducive to physical activity – and, thus, a green lifestyle – take action. Write letters to your local elected officials, encouraging the construction of more sidewalks and bike paths.

ACSM recommends at least 150 minutes/week of physical activity, easily achieved in 30-minute segments five days per week. To get started with your green exercise program, visit www.acsm.org/physicalactivity to take ACSM’s pre-exercise assessment quiz and find other valuable resources.

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