Being fit and living sustainably often go hand-in-hand. Afterall, an organic plant-based diet is good for you and the planet. However, some of our favorite methods of exercising can be fairly energy intensive (I'm talkin' fossil fuels). Gyms typically well-lit, overly-air conditioned, sell bottled water, and offer a variety energy-sucking fitness equipment that needs to be plugged in. Running outside or yoga are great alternatives because they don't require much equipment. Another option is spinning!
I recently tried out Recycle Studio (love the name!) on Newbury Street and LOVE LOVE LOVE it. The stationary bikes do not need to be plugged in like many other types of fitness equipment, and the classes are in the dark - which is good for SO many reasons:
- Less light = less electricity consumption
- Less distractions
- No concerns about how you look
- No ability to compare yourself to others, so you can really get in tune with your own body
- For morning classes, it is an easier way to ease into the day than jolting your eyes with harsh light
A class at Recycle is a seriously good workout with enthusiastic, helpful teachers, a variety of class times and a bunch of green perks. First, I noticed a non-toxic Meow Meow Tweet soy candle at reception, and then was thrilled to see Follain soaps and other natural products in the bathrooms + showers!
So, when the outdoor workouts just aren't cutting it, check out Recycle Studio for a great workout with the planet in mind.