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Make Exercise Eco-Friendly with Green Fitness Gear


Exercise mats. Ironically, the material used to make most yoga and Pilates mats on the market is PVC, one of the most toxic plastics, a known carcinogen and environmental toxin. There are some alternatives made of jute and natural rubber, available from Gaiam, Barefoot Yoga and RatMat.

Secondhand supplies. Treadmills, free-weights, exercise balls, steps…lots of supplies are required to outfit your home gym. Instead of buying new, check out gently used and secondhand items from,, second-hand stores, thrift shops, yard sales and ebay. Chances are someone, somewhere, has exactly what you’re looking for. Besides saving the environment, you’ll also save your money. And when you’re finished with these second-hand items, remember to list them so they can continue their life in another loving home—not a landfill.

Clean power. If you’re an iPod or smartphone owner, consider investing in a solar charger (find a wide selection at These eco-friendly chargers juice up your device with just the energy from the sun, and can be used to charge most portable electronic devices.

While you might pay more upfront for greener workout gear, the benefits are long-lasting for not only yourself, but also the planet. So think about caring for your body and respecting your Mother Earth at the same time.

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Liza has two bachelor's degrees: one in health promotion and education and a second in nursing. A registered nurse and mother, regular exercise and cooking are top priorities for her. See all of Liza's articles.

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