You may be wondering what health and fitness have to do with climate change. In my opinion they are directly proportional and I’m going to explain my thinking (no big surprise that I will be talking about something).
Most people don’t know that I have a degree in Environmental Geography. That fact really doesn’t come up in conversation much because I barely think about it. What is foremost in my mind is living a life that is good for me and the environment – both locally and globally. For a long time I worked in the recycling industry. Many people I worked for made it clear that they were not “tree-huggers”; they were in the business to make money. Regardless of that perspective, the way I saw it was that every tonne I helped to divert from the landfill was a win. I worked hard to make that happen while keeping my employers happy.
After 10 years or so of working with garbage (literally) I started teaching Spinning classes for the fun of it. Somewhere along the way I realized that people aren’t going to give a rat’s ass about how they treat their external environment until they care about the internal environment. So that is how health and fitness is connected to climate change. The better we take are of ourselves the better we are to the environment. Here are some examples:
- The better your circulatory system functions the better your body is able to regulate its temperature. You will be cooler in hot weather and warmer in cold weather. That means setting the thermostat in your house a couple of degrees warmer (air conditioning) or cooler (heat) will reduce the effect on the environment.
- Walk more drive less – this one explains itself.
- Eat basic foods. Think about how much energy goes into processed food. The preparation, the packaging, the transportation, and then when it’s displayed in the store. Then there is the cost of disposal of the packaging and/or the excess food. Start with the basics, buy/make only as much as you need.
- If you’re really inspired grow your own food. There’s no driving, no packaging and a sense of accomplishment. Gardening is a workout.
- Go to bed early. Turn off the screens and either raise or lower the thermostat depending on the season.
Those are just a few examples. We can contribute to fixing this environmental mess that we’ve gotten ourselves into by making small changes. Imagine if every Canadian made one change this week. Wouldn’t that just be amazing.
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