It's easy to make recycling and conserving part of your routine. Check out ways to green up your workout with Jill Cordes. (Courtesy: Brighter Living)

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Regular exercise helps your mind stay focused and your body fit and healthy. Now, what if you could maintain a healthy waistline and keep your environment fit? Well, you can and here’s how. While gyms offer convenient workout facilities, they also require a lot of energy. So consider exercising outdoors instead of on a treadmill. You can also find ways to tone muscles around the house by doing brisk housecleaning or lifting yard waste or groceries. Another Earth-friendly idea: find shirts and pants made of recycled cotton or shop for exercise clothing at a secondhand store. Want to walk a mile in someone else’s shoes? Look for shoes actually made from recycled materials and that come in cardboard boxes that are made from recycled content. Of course, drinking plenty of water is important when working out, but afterwards, consider limiting your showers. They can use up to 25 gallons every five minutes. If you think about recycling and conserving water as just part of your regular exercise program, it might even take your mind off your workout. You’ll be fit in no time and you’ll also be helping the environment. I’m Jill Cordes.


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