I live in a city neighborhood, & there's enough litter that picking it up during a run would mean very little running! But I sometimes pick up litter on my way home from church on Sundays, then drop it into dumpsters & bins for recyclables. It's a spiritual practice, a way of blessing our neighborhood.
Another ecofriendly way of exercising is to combine errands with exercise! Lately most of my runs have included stops at the bank, the post office, a friend's home to drop something off, & even the grocery store. I have a sling bag for carrying items that I'm delivering or buying. When it gets full of groceries, it's a fun challenge to see how far I can run with the load before I need to slow to a walk. I have no way of tracking the extra calories I'm expending as I run with groceries, but I know I'm taking care of myself, checking items off my to-do list, & being mindful of the earth all at the same time!
- 5/21/2008 1:24:51 PM